The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed two bills on Wednesday to expand access to medical marijuana for patients. However, a broader bill that would have gone further to expand access died in the state Senate.
The House voted to add insomnia and opioid use disorder to the state’s list of serious medical conditions that qualify a patient to use medicinal cannabis. The addition of opioid use disorder includes several restrictive provisions, such as one that requires certifying providers to have specialized training in the treatment of addiction.
Earlier versions of the legislation passed by lawmakers on Wednesday included provisions that also would have added Lyme disease and anxiety to the state’s list of qualifying conditions, but they did not make it to the final draft of the bill.
Also on Wednesday, the New Hampshire Senate voted down legislation that would have broadly expanded the state’s medical marijuana program. Under that bill, patients would have been able to receive a recommendation to use medical marijuana for any condition for which such treatment is deemed necessary by a health care provider.
The Senate also voted to call for more study of a bill that would legalize cannabis for use by adults