The good news is that the compromise version of HB 573 was signed into law July 23, 2013. Click here for a summary of the law and click here to visit the state's website for the program.
Unfortunately, Gov. Hassan insisted on having the bill gutted before she would agree to sign it. She insisted that legislators remove the provision allowing patients to grow their own plants, so no patient will have safe, state-legal access until alternative treatment centers (ATCs) open.
Additionally, Gov. Hassan insisted on several other changes before she was willing to sign the bill: the removal of post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition, the removal of an affirmative defense provision that would have protected patients if they are arrested before ID cards are available, and the inclusion of a requirement that patients must obtain written permission before using medical marijuana on another person's property.
In February 2014, the NH Attorney General advised the Department of Health and Human Services to NOT begin issuing ID cards until an ATC opens. This means that patients could be without any legal protection for another year and a half or more.
Fortunately, the NH House has passed a bill in 2014 that would allow patients to cultivate up to two mature plants. HB 1622, which passed the House 227-73, would also result in ID cards being issued this summer as originally scheduled. Please click here to send your senator a message in support of HB 1622. Read more »