NH’s first medical marijuana dispensary ready to do business

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NH first alternative treatment center for cannabis will open Saturday April 30.
NH first alternative treatment center for cannabis opened April 30.

PLYMOUTH, NH – Sanctuary  ATC  has  received  a registration certificate  to  begin operations at its Plymouth dispensary location. With the  certificate, Sanctuary ATC will be first alternative treatment center in  New  Hampshire  to  begin  dispensing  therapeutic  cannabis  to qualifying  patients and designated caregivers registered with the ATC when the dispensary opens on Saturday, April 30.

“When  the Therapeutic Cannabis Program was established by the Legislature,
it  envisioned  that people in New Hampshire suffering from serious medical
conditions  would  be  able to access therapeutic cannabis for relief. I am
very  pleased to announce that with the opening of the Sanctuary dispensary
in  Plymouth,  that  day  has  arrived,”  said DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey A.
Meyers.  “My thanks to the Therapeutic Cannabis Program staff and Sanctuary
ATC for their tireless efforts in realizing this significant achievement on
behalf of patients and caregivers.”

DHHS  is  implementing the Therapeutic Cannabis Program, which will include four  dispensary  locations.  Temescal Wellness, Inc., which has received a conditional   registration   certificate  and  is  cultivating  therapeutic cannabis,  will  open its dispensaries in Dover and Lebanon in the next few weeks.  Prime  ATC,  which  is  completing  construction of its cultivation center, expects to open its dispensary in Merrimack later this summer.

Qualifying conditions in NH include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV (Positive Status)
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • Hepatitis C (antiviral treatment)
  • ALS
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Lupus
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Spinal Cord Injury or Disease
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • One or more injuries that significantly interfere with daily activities as documented by the patient’s provider

AND a severely debilitating or terminal medical condition or its treatment that has produced at least one of the following:

  • Elevated Intraocular Pressure
  • Cachexia
  • Chemotherapy-Induced Anorexia
  • Wasting Syndrome
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Severe Pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects, constant or severe nausea, moderate to severe vomiting, seizures, or severe, persistent muscle spasm

Applications for potentially qualifying patients and designated caregivers,
medical  provider  certification,  and  other  important information can be
found  on  the  Therapeutic  Cannabis  Program  page on the DHHS website.

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Carol Robidoux

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Longtime NH journalist and publisher of ManchesterInkLink.com. Loves R&B, German beer, and the Queen City!