Bill Text: NH HB335 | 2019 | Regular Session | Enrolled

Bill Title: Relative to therapeutic cannabis dispensary locations.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-05-30 - Ought to Pass: Motion Adopted, Voice Vote; OT3rdg; 05/30/2019; Senate Journal 18 [HB335 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2019-HB335-Enrolled.html










AN ACT relative to therapeutic cannabis dispensary locations.


SPONSORS: Rep. W. Thomas, Hills. 21; Rep. Stack, Hills. 21; Rep. Murphy, Hills. 21


COMMITTEE: Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs






This bill clarifies where a second dispensary may be geographically located for the purposes of the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes law.


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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.






In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen


AN ACT relative to therapeutic cannabis dispensary locations.


Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:


1  Use of Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes; Dispensary Locations.  RSA 126-X:7, X is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

X.  If the department determines that having additional locations for the dispensing of therapeutic cannabis is necessary to adequately and effectively meet the needs of qualifying patients and designated caregivers, the department may authorize the alternative treatment centers allowed to operate in geographic areas 1, 2, 3, and 4 to establish a second dispensary location within those same geographic areas.  A second dispensary location shall only be established in a geographic location approved by the department, shall be limited solely to the dispensing of cannabis and educational efforts, and shall not be used for cultivation or other activities relative to the production of cannabis.  A second dispensary location shall be subject to rules adopted by the department under RSA 126-X:6, III, and any additional rules adopted by the department relative to a second dispensary location under RSA 126-X:6, IV, and all applicable provisions of this chapter relative to alternative treatment centers including, but not limited to, compliance with local zoning laws.  The department shall, in conjunction with the local governing body of the town or city where the second dispensary location would be located, solicit input from qualifying patients, designated caregivers, and residents of the town or city in which the second dispensary location would be located.

2  Use of Cannabis for Therapeutic Purposes: Rulemaking.  Amend RSA 126-X:6, IV to read as follows:

IV.  The department may adopt rules regarding the establishment of [a] second dispensary [location by the alternative treatment centers described in] locations under RSA 126-X:7, X including, but not limited to, fees, operational requirements, and geographic location.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.