New Hampshire lawmakers are considering a bill that would add new qualifying conditions to the state’s medical marijuana program. The measure, House Bill 461, was introduced in the New Hampshire House of Representatives by Rep. Wendy Thomas.
If the bill succeeds, Lyme disease, insomnia, and anxiety would be added to the list of qualifying medical conditions. Thomas, who has a doctor’s recommendation to use cannabis medicinally, told local media that amending the state’s medical marijuana statute will help patients, like her own family, who are living with these health issues.
“There are two places in the therapeutic cannabis program where they define qualifications,” Thomas said. “One is you have to have a medical diagnosis as well as a symptom. And so I’m putting all three of these conditions under standalone conditions, and the reason for that is Lyme disease has millions of symptoms. All six of my kids and I have Lyme disease and we all present differently. So there’s no one defining characteristic for that.”
Thomas believes that cannabis can be an effective treatment for these conditions, the causes and effects of which can vary widely.
“Insomnia, obviously the symptom is lack of sleep, but it can be due to