As medical marijuana becomes a reality in New Hampshire, many doctors are trying to navigate ...

New Hampshire’s roll out of its medical marijuana program has been slow, but the coming months will see four new dispensaries opening their doors across the state.

With 180 patient applications filed and 62 therapeutic cannabis registry ID cards issued so far, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services officials say they’ve been fielding lots of calls from patients with a similar complaint: their doctors won’t agree to sign paperwork needed for an ID card.

“We’re getting calls from patients with concerns that their doctors are unwilling to certify them for the program for whatever reason,” said Michael Holt, administrative rules coordinator for the department. “Patients are taking the initiative and starting conversations with their doctors.”

Whatever the reason, many patients aren’t saying, making Holt think that doctors aren’t giving patients a reason for their refusal.

“The reasons for that are theirs,” he said, adding the newness of...

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