New Hampshire Cannabis Business Licenses
WHAT IS NEW HAMPSHIRE'S CURRENT CANNABIS MARKET STATUS?
New Hampshire’s cannabis industry is looking promising after legislation in 2020 passed to legalize personal use of cannabis throughout the state. The state also has taken strides to legalize medical use of cannabis and decriminalize certain cannabis related convictions.
WHAT ARE NEW HAMPSHIRE'S CANNABIS LAWS?
In 2014, medical cannabis was legalized for patients with chronic or terminal illnesses. This law also opened up opportunities for medical cannabis dispensaries in New Hampshire, though legislation for recreational dispensaries has yet to be outlined.
Cannabis for recreational use just became legal in New Hampshire in 2020, however it is under strict guidelines. Individuals can grow cannabis and provide other adults with their plant, but there are not retail locations to purchase cannabis in the state of New Hampshire.
WHAT IS NEW HAMPSHIRE'S CANNABIS LICENSING TIMELINE & CANNABIS APPLICATION PROCESS?
Medical cannabis retail licenses are the only available licenses in the state of New Hampshire. Applications for retail or dispensary locations are now closed. Like other states, these dispensaries must be non-profits in addition to a strictly medical cannabis business.
Recreational cannabis is limited in New Hampshire. Right now, it’s legal to grow and make small distributions from a personal plant. However with the recent legalization, it’s not unlikely that legislation regarding commercial cannabis could arise in the next few years.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF CANNABIS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE?
New Hampshire’s history with Cannabis has been stagnant with more recent developments in the last decade. For a long time, cannabis of all uses was illegal and heavily punished. In July 2013, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan signed a bill allowing the use of medical cannabis for patients with chronic illnesses and patients with terminal illnesses. However, this bill was quite strict, only allowing medical cannabis as a last effort after exhausting all other medical options, it also prohibits patients from growing their own cannabis unlike most states in the U.S. who do allow patient cultivation.
In 2017, New Hampshire decriminalized cannabis, fining first, second, and third time offenders rather than charging individuals with misdemeanors. After four offenses within three years, the individual can be charged with a misdemeanor.
There was an attempt in 2014 to legalize cannabis completely for all types of use including recreational which was finally passed in 2020. This proposal did not legalize commercial production or sales of cannabis but rather adults 21 and older can cultivate cannabis plants in their homes and provide other adults with their cannabis in amounts up to three-quarters of an ounce.
DOES NEW HAMPSHIRE HAVE A HEMP PROGRAM?
ARE YOU PREPARING FOR THE NEW HAMPSHIRE CANNABIS MARKET?
With recreational cannabis just being legalized this year, legalization for commercial distribution of cannabis in New Hampshire is right around the corner. Point7 has the resources and knowledge needed to ensure an applicant is prepared and stands out to application reviewers. Email today to schedule a call with a dedicated Point7 team member.