And yet, until last week, it was quite possible that Linda would spend her last days on earth without the comfort of medical cannabis. This is because Linda lives in New Hampshire, where possessing cannabis for therapeutic use is technically legal, but functionally inaccessible.
Over two years ago, New Hampshire legislators approved a bill establishing a therapeutic cannabis program in the state. But patients there are still waiting to benefit from the program—the first dispensaries will likely open in Spring 2016, and until then, program regulators had refused to issue state medical cannabis registry cards.
State officials claimed that releasing the cards ahead of the arrival of functioning dispensaries would undermine their ability to control medical cannabis distribution in the state.
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