Public meetings set to discuss NH medicinal marijuana treatment centers

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cannabisMANCHESTER, NH – Two  public  meetings  to  discuss  the  proposed  location  of therapeutic cannabis  cultivation  sites in Manchester and Rochester are on the calendar. A meeting in Manchester will be held on August 28 and a second one will
be held in Rochester on September 1.

New  Hampshire  Legislature  passed  House Bill 573 in 2013, relative to the use of cannabis  for  therapeutic  purposes.  RSA  126-X creates an exemption  in  state law from criminal penalties for the therapeutic use of cannabis  provided  that  its  use is in compliance with RSA 126-X. The New Hampshire  Legislature  placed  the  responsibility  for  administering the program within the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

After the June 2015 selection of the Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs) to operate in Regions 1–4, DHHS has worked with the selected applicants and the  local  governing body of the towns and cities in which they would like to operate. Part of the process is to solicit the input of the municipal or town  residents  as  well  as  that  of prospective patients and caregivers relative to safety and other local concerns and the overall health needs of qualifying patients.

Temescal Wellness was awarded Geographic Areas 1 & 3, and has proposed their cultivation location in Manchester. Sanctuary Alternative Treatment Center was awarded Geographic Area 4, and has proposed its cultivation site in Rochester. The two new meetings are scheduled as follows.

Friday, August 28, 20156 p.m.
Manchester ATC Cultivation Site Public Input Forum
Manchester City Hall
One City Hall Plaza
Manchester, NH

Tuesday, September 1, 20157 p.m.
Rochester ATC Cultivation Site Public Input Forum
Rochester City Hall, Council Chambers
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH


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