Why New Hampshire’s Medical Marijuana Law Shuts Out People With Chronic Pain

New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program finally got off the ground in April, with the opening of the state’s first cannabis treatment center. Three of the four state-licensed dispensaries are now operating, and more than 1,100 people with serious illnesses are approved to use the drug.

But many, if not most, of the New Hampshire residents who could potentially benefit from medical marijuana won’t be able to legally obtain it.

Tens of thousands of residents who suffer from chronic pain, a common medical condition that research shows is often relieved with marijuana, are ineligible for the program.

Explore the storyWhy New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law shuts out people with chronic pain

  • Sidebar: Guidelines aim to close gap between doctor and dispensary
  • Interview: Brian Wallstin discusses his reporting with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley
  • Interactive: How many medical marijuana cards have been distributed in New Hampshire?
  • Timeline: N.H.’s law and research on marijuana use

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