Due to the outbreak of the CoronaVirus pandemic, the New Hampshire state government thought it best to extend the deadline for medical cannabis patients to renew their medical marijuana cards. The extension of the deadline is for patients with medical cards expiring in April, May, and June 2020. State medical marijuana cards qualify these patients to buy and consume cannabis products from medical marijuana dispensaries.
According to the report, patients with medical cannabis cards expiring in the months of April, May, and June have until July 31, 2020, to renew their cards to continue purchasing their medication. The reason for this deadline extension was because most of these patients will find it difficult to visit doctors for renewal during this time.
While speaking to the press about this decision Michael Holt, an administrator at the New Hampshire Therapeutic Cannabis Program, revealed that this decision will help ease the anxiety of patients with medical cards expiring in the coming months. Holt went on to say that the decision will afford them the opportunity to continue accessing these helpful products during this stressful time.
New data from the Therapeutic Program revealed that as of March 31, 2020, over 9,800 patients in the state were enrolled in the program, the state government has deemed medical cannabis stores essential businesses, thereby allowing them to continue serving patients.
Cannabis regulators in the state have advised medical cannabis patients to designate or assign caregivers to help them pick up their medications if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. In addition, the regulatory body has waived the application fee caregivers ordinarily pay before picking up cannabis products for patients. Also, a streamlined background check has been implemented to help trace the background of each caregiver assigned to make these pickups.