USE OF CANNABIS FOR THERAPEUTIC PURPOSES
126-X:3 Prohibitions and Limitations on the Therapeutic Use of Cannabis.
I. A qualifying patient may use cannabis on privately-owned real property only with written permission of the property owner or, in the case of leased property, with the permission of the tenant in possession of the property, except that a tenant shall not allow a qualifying patient to smoke cannabis on rented property if smoking on the property violates the lease or the lessor's rental policies that apply to all tenants at the property. However, a tenant may permit a qualifying patient to use cannabis on leased property by ingestion or inhalation through vaporization even if smoking is prohibited by the lease or rental policies. For purposes of this chapter, vaporization shall mean the inhalation of cannabis without the combustion of the cannabis.
II. Nothing in this chapter shall exempt any person from arrest or prosecution for:
(a) Being under the influence of cannabis while:
(1) Operating a motor vehicle, commercial vehicle, boat, vessel, or any other vehicle propelled or drawn by power other than muscular power; or
(2) In his or her place of employment, without the written permission of the employer; or
(3) Operating heavy machinery or handling a dangerous instrumentality.
(b) The use or possession of cannabis by a qualifying patient or designated caregiver for purposes other than for therapeutic use as permitted by this chapter;
(c) The smoking or vaporization of cannabis in any public place, including:
(1) A public bus or other public vehicle; or
(2) Any public park, public beach, or public field.
(d) The possession of cannabis in any of the following:
(1) The building and grounds of any preschool, elementary, or secondary school, which are located in an area designated as a drug free zone; or
(2) A place of employment, without the written permission of the employer; or
(3) Any correctional facility; or
(4) Any public recreation center or youth center; or
(5) Any law enforcement facility.
III. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to require:
(a) Any health insurance provider, health care plan, or medical assistance program to be liable for any claim for reimbursement for the therapeutic use of cannabis; or
(b) Any individual or entity in lawful possession of property to allow a guest, client, customer, or other visitor to use cannabis on or in that property; or
(c) Any accommodation of the therapeutic use of cannabis on the property or premises of any place of employment or on the property or premises of any residential care facility, nursing home, hospital or hospice house, jail, correctional facility, or other type of penal institution where prisoners reside or persons under arrest are detained. This chapter shall in no way limit an employer's ability to discipline an employee for ingesting cannabis in the workplace or for working while under the influence of cannabis.
IV. Any person who makes a fraudulent representation to a law enforcement official of any fact or circumstance relating to the therapeutic use of cannabis to avoid arrest or prosecution shall be guilty of a violation and may be fined $500, which shall be in addition to any other penalties that may apply for making a false statement to a law enforcement officer or for the use of cannabis other than use undertaken pursuant to this chapter.
V. A qualifying patient or designated caregiver who is found to be in possession of cannabis outside of his or her home and is not in possession of his or her registry identification card may be subject to a fine of up to $100.
VI. Any qualifying patient or designated caregiver who sells cannabis to another person who is not a qualifying patient or designated caregiver under this chapter shall be subject to the penalties specified in RSA 318-B:26, IX-a, shall have his or her registry identification card revoked, and shall be subject to other penalties as provided in RSA 318-B:26.
VII. The department may revoke the registry identification card of a qualifying patient or designated caregiver for violation of rules adopted by the department or for violation of any other provision of this chapter, and the qualifying patient or designated caregiver shall be subject to any other penalties established in law for the violation.
VIII. A facility caregiver shall treat cannabis in a manner similar to medications with respect to its storage, security, and administration when assisting qualifying patients with the therapeutic use of cannabis.
Source. 2013, 242:1, eff. July 23, 2013. 2016, 247:5, 6, eff. June 10, 2016.