Oversight board says let most healthcare providers recommend medical cannabis
New Hampshire’s Therapeutic Cannabis Medical Oversight Board recently held their September meeting and discussed a plan whether to expand the list of doctors that can recommend medical cannabis. According to the New Hampshire’s Department of Health & Human Services website the oversight board was created to monitor and contribute to the oversight of the clinical, quality, and public health related matters of the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes. The discussion started with the desire of the board to expand the list of providers that can certify patients for New Hampshire’s therapeutic cannabis program.
During the meeting a motion was made to add naturopaths, podiatrists, and dentists to the list of providers. As the discussion continued several members felt that the list could be expanded further to any provider with a valid DEA license. The motion was amended and the board voted unanimously to give any provider with a valid DEA license the power to certify medical cannabis patients in New Hampshire. This vote was described as the first step that the oversight board has to take to make legislative recommendations. The board meets on the first Wednesday of each month.