Therapeutic cannabisJuly 12, 2017

There were many bills signed by Governor Sununu over the last few weeks. A website that I enjoy using to review is Legiscan. It offers a top 50 trending topics from around the country that details issues other states are grappling with.

In New Hampshire, the therapeutic cannabis laws had several changes including removing the under treatment clause from Hepatitis C and adding Ehlers-Danlos syndrome as a “qualifying medical condition” under the existing two-step process. Three new conditions were added in a one-step process (not requiring a corresponding symptom or syndrome): moderate to severe chronic pain, severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects, and moderate or severe post traumatic stress disorder.

Although we opposed these changes due to our goal of allowing the original law’s review committee to have scientific review of the conditions, I have struggled to certify patients who fall into these categories and think the changes will be helpful.

Regards,

Deb Harrigan, MD

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