2016 Act No. 247
Therapeutic Use of Cannabis
EFFECTIVE DATE: June 10, 2016
2015 Act No. 143
Therapeutic Use of Cannabis
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 11, 2015
2013 Act No. 242
Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 23, 2013
RSA 126-X, Use of Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes creates an exemption in state law from criminal penalties for the therapeutic use of cannabis provided that its use is in compliance with RSA 126-X. State law does not exempt a person from federal criminal penalties for the possession of cannabis.
The current federal administration has declared its intention not to pursue or target patients and their caregivers who possess or use small amounts of cannabis for therapeutic use that is part of and compliant with a well regulated state therapeutic cannabis program. However, federal law does not allow for the medical or therapeutic use of cannabis, and the federal government can enforce federal cannabis laws anywhere in the United States, including in states that allow the therapeutic use of cannabis. Federal criminal penalties for the possession of cannabis, in any amount, range from misdemeanors to felonies, and may include incarceration and fines.
To decrease the risk of any federal law enforcement action, patients and caregivers should know and abide by New Hampshire law with regard to the possession and use of therapeutic cannabis at all times.
He-C 402.12 Permitted Quantities of Cannabis at an ATC.
(a) An ATC shall not possess or cultivate cannabis in excess of the following quantities:
(1) Three mature cannabis plants, 12 seedlings, and 6 ounces of usable cannabis for each qualifying patient who has designated the ATC to provide him or her with cannabis for therapeutic use; and
(2) Up to an additional 80 mature cannabis plants, 160 seedlings, and 80 ounces of usable cannabis, including for start-up operations, to assist with a failed batch of cannabis, to allow sufficient quantity of cannabis for new qualifying patients, or to fill requests for the sale of cannabis to other ATCs.
(b) The quantities in (a) above shall be inclusive of all cannabis or CIP possessed or being cultivated at all registered premises under the control of the ATC.
Just for reference, the federal penalties for cannabis plants are below:Federal Penalties
21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(A)(vii)
1000 kilograms (2204.62 pounds / 1.10231 tons) or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of marihuana, or 1,000 or more marihuana plants regardless of weight
$10/50 million — 10 years to life in prison
21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(B)(vii)
100 kilograms (220.462 pounds / 0.110231 tons) or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of marihuana, or 100 or more marihuana plants regardless of weight
$5/25 million — 5 to 40 years in prison
21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(C)
50 to 99 kilograms or 50 to 99 plants
$1/5 million — up to 20 years in prison
21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(D)
less than 50 kilograms of marihuana, except in the case of 50 or more marihuana plants regardless of weight, 10 kilograms of hashish, or one kilogram of hashish oil,
$250,000/$1 million — up to 5 years in prison
21 U.S.C. § 844
Any person who violates this subsection may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than 1 year, and shall be fined a minimum of $1,000, or both,
except that if he commits such offense after a prior conviction under this subchapter or subchapter II of this chapter, or a prior conviction for any drug, narcotic, or chemical offense chargeable under the law of any State, has become final, he shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment for not less than 15 days but not more than 2 years, and shall be fined a minimum of $2,500,L
except, further, that if he commits such offense after two or more prior convictions under this subchapter or subchapter II of this chapter, or two or more prior convictions for any drug, narcotic, or chemical offense chargeable under the law of any State, or a combination of two or more such offenses have become final, he shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment for not less than 90 days but not more than 3 years, and shall be fined a minimum of $5,000.
21 U.S.C. § 844a
(a) In general Any individual who knowingly possesses a controlled substance that is listed in section 841(b)(1)(A) of this title in violation of section 844 of this title in an amount that, as specified by regulation of the Attorney General, is a personal use amount shall be liable to the United States for a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed $10,000 for each such violation.
(b) Income and net assets The income and net assets of an individual shall not be relevant to the determination whether to assess a civil penalty under this section or to prosecute the individual criminally. However, in determining the amount of a penalty under this section, the income and net assets of an individual shall be considered.
(c) Prior conviction A civil penalty may not be assessed under this section if the individual previously was convicted of a Federal or State offense relating to a controlled substance.
(d) Limitation on number of assessments A civil penalty may not be assessed on an individual under this section on more than two separate occasions.
(e) Assessment A civil penalty under this section may be assessed by the Attorney General only by an order made on the record after opportunity for a hearing in accordance with section 554 of title 5. The Attorney General shall provide written notice to the individual who is the subject of the proposed order informing the individual of the opportunity to receive such a hearing with respect to the proposed order. The hearing may be held only if the individual makes a request for the hearing before the expiration of the 30-day period beginning on the date such notice is issued.
- Allows institutions of higher education to cultivate hemp for research purposes.
- All research must be coordinated with the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food.
- All research projects must conclude within three years of commencement.
2015 Act No. 233
EFFECTIVE DATE: September 11, 2015
- Established a committee to study the growth and sale of industrial hemp in New Hampshire.
- The study was required to report their findings by Nov. 1, 2014.
2014 Act No. 18
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 22, 2014
1985 Act No. 293
Scheduling of Controlled Substances
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 13, 1985
1975 Act No. 255
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 5, 1975
1969 Act No. 421
Controlled Drug Act
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 3, 1969
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