On this date two years ago,Â Gov. Maggie Hassan signed HB 573, making New Hampshire the last state in New England to approve a medical marijuana law. Unfortunately, so far this law has failed to benefit patients in any way. Some patients, including well-known patient-advocateÂ Clayton Holton, have passed away while waiting for the law to take effect. Others, such asÂ Ron Mitchell, have had no choice but to leave their families behind and move to another state in search of relief.
To raise awareness about the programâs many shortcomings, MPP has publishedÂ Confusion, Delays, and Continued Arrests: AÂ Two-Year Retrospective on New Hampshireâs âTherapeutic Use of Cannabisâ Law.
This report includes the most recent updates, analyzes why the law is not yet effective for patients, and makes recommendations for improving the law and policy moving forward.