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Awaiting N.H.'s Medical Marijuana Program

Sep 24, 2015
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The therapeutic use of cannabis has been legal  for about two years now, but the process of establishing cultivation centers, dispensaries, and ID cards is still underway. While many praise the state for its careful approach, others suffering from conditions they hope to treat with the drug are becoming impatient. 

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The city of Dover is being eyed for one of the state’s four medical marijuana dispensaries.

The dispensary would be located in a Dover industrial park and would serve patients in Rockingham, Strafford and Belknap counties.

But before doors can open, Temescel Wellness, the company that would operate the dispensary, must submit detailed floor plans to the city, and get police to sign off on a security plan.

The city must also hold a public hearing, as required by state law.

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New Hampshire’s first medical marijuana dispensaries are getting closer to opening.

Officials in Plymouth, Lebanon, and Merrimack have been holding hearings, gathering public input on proposals to locate dispensaries in those communities.

But federal law and tax codes could complicate things for the companies that will run the state’s dispensaries and marijuana grow centers.

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Sanctuary Alternative Treatment Center plans run its cannabis dispensary in Plymouth, and its cultivation center – where plants are grown and processed --  in Rochester.  The cultivation center already complies with Rochester’s zoning ordinances, and does not need any further approval. Nevertheless, the Department of Health and Human Services held a public hearing there on Tuesday.  

Sanctuary CFO Josh Weaver began the evening in a defensive stance, promising the site will be secure and inconspicuous.

Residents of Rochester will have a chance to weigh in a proposed medical marijuana cultivation site being proposed in the city.

A hearing will be held Tuesday evening at 7 at Rochester City Hall to gather public input on the proposal.

Sanctuary ATC is looking to open a grow center in one of the city’s mill buildings, with the product being distributed at a dispensary in Plymouth to serve the state’s North Country residents.

In its application, the company said the facility would be highly secured to prevent theft and diversion.

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State officials are continuing to seek public input as plans move ahead on the construction of four dispensaries for medical marijuana.

People can offer their feedback at Merrimack's town hall on Tuesday at 7 p.m., the fourth in a series of public hearings on the issue. The state and towns have already hosted hearings in Plymouth, Peterborough and Lebanon and will host two more in Manchester and Rochester. Each are possible locations for one of the four licensed dispensaries.

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Town officials are moving forward with new guidelines for a medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation center in Merrimack.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports Merrimack officials said Tuesday evening that a licensed company is interested in putting a dispensary in the town.

Town officials unanimously granted initial approval on new rules requiring dispensaries be 1,000 feet away from schools. Police must also review their floor-plans and security measures.

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Public hearings are being held this week in four New Hampshire communities being eyed as potential hosts for the state’s first medical marijuana dispensaries.

A hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at Plymouth Town Hall.

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A medical marijuana dispensary is being proposed in Plymouth.

Sanctuary ATC of Salem filed the application with the town, which will be the subject of an Aug. 17 public hearing at Plymouth Town Hall.

Under the state’s medical marijuana law passed in 2013, local zoning approval is required before opening up shop.

New Hampshire was the last New England state to legalize medical marijuana, and there have been delays in implementing the law.

 

One of the state's first four medical marijuana dispensaries is proposed for a business park in western New Hampshire.

The Valley News reports Temescal Wellness, a Manchester-based organization that the state selected to sell medical marijuana, said it plans to locate one of its dispensaries in the Hanover Road Professional Center in Lebanon.

Organization President Ted Rebholz said the site was chosen to make it convenient for as many patients as possible. It is located near Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and interstates 89 and 91.

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A growing majority of Granite Staters support loosening state laws on marijuana, according to a survey from WMUR and the University of New Hampshire.

Sixty percent of residents support legalizing marijuana. That’s up from 54 percent a year ago. Support is strongest among liberals, younger adults and non-churchgoers.

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed off on a bill that expands the use of medical marijuana to those with epilepsy, lupus and Parkinson’s disease. Currently about a dozen other illnesses are included under the law.

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New Hampshire is among twenty three states that allow therapeutic use of cannabis. Yet often, the process of dispensing it can be rife with legal and logistical challenges, We’ll look at how implementation efforts are shaping up in this state and find out what’s happening elsewhere, as these laws continue to spread across the country.

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Three companies have been selected to open the state’s first four medical marijuana dispensaries.

The state has announced which companies will be allowed to move forward with plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary.

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A bill allowing doctors to prescribe the overdose reversal drug Narcan may soon become law after the Senate passed the measure on Thursday.

If Governor Maggie Hassan signs off on the legislation– doctors across the state will be able to put Narcan in the hands of family, friends and users. Currently first responders and law enforcement are allowed to administer it.

The Governor would not say if she would back the bill but said she will closely review it.

Republican Andy Sanborn of Bedford says this bill is about saving lives.

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The New Hampshire House will take up legislation Wednesday aimed at ensuring licensed medical marijuana dispensaries pay property taxes.

The dispensaries, none of which have been opened, will be licensed by the state under the medical marijuana laws. A bill already passed by the Senate closes a loophole in the 2013 law that may have allowed the dispensaries not to pay taxes. A House committee unanimously recommends passage.

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It will be a busy week at the New Hampshire State House with more than one hundred bills slated for votes by Friday. The bills range from decriminalizing up to a half an ounce of marijuana to tacking $5 onto marriage licenses to fund domestic violence prevention.

Nineteen other states, including the rest of New England, have adopted similar measures to make the possession of marijuana a violation rather than a crime. Should it pass the house, and decriminalization bills have before, it will face an uphill climb.

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 As the state considers applications to run four medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, some towns and cities are preparing for the new law by updating their zoning rules.

New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law requires dispensaries be more than 1,000 feet from a school or drug free zone. But during Town Meeting on Tuesday, voters in Epping will decide whether to restrict dispensaries to industrial locations.

  One of the 14 applicants who would operate a medical marijuana dispensary in the state is eyeing a location in Dover.

A group affiliated with Wellness Connection of Maine says it wants to operate in the seacoast region. Board member Bill Eldridge says it would also be named Wellness Connection.

“Many of the things that have been developed in Maine, we plan to license their intellectual property and run similar operations with the same high standards in New Hampshire if we receive a license.”

  The New Hampshire House committee on Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs will hear bills to expand the medical marijuana law Wednesday.

One bill would reintroduce a home-grow provision which had been proposed in a failed bill last year and it was cut from the therapeutic cannabis law’s original language.

It would allow qualified patients to grow a certain amount of cannabis in their home and require them to report their cultivation location to the state.

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The state Department of Health and Human Services stopped accepting applications for medical marijuana dispensary licenses this afternoon.

As of Wednesday morning, the state had received 14 applications. Though DHHS officials are tightlipped about who applied and for what locations, contract director Eric Borrin says that all four areas of the state are represented.

“A majority of the folks that submitted letters of intent did respond with full applications.”

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A house committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill that would restrict where the state’s low-income residents can use EBT cards.

The bill would ban people from using EBT cash benefits at businesses that primarily engage in tattooing and body piercing. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Charles McMahon (R-Rockingham), says the ban would also extend to smoke shops and future medical marijuana dispensaries.

A Maine company that was considering Littleton for a medical marijuana store lost interest because the available store was in the drug-free zone of a high school, according to town officials...

The company, The Wellness Connection, operates four facilities in Maine.

While medical marijuana is legal in New Hampshire, the federal government still prohibits it use.

Three parole officers who planned to seek a license to run one of four medical marijuana dispensaries in the state have pulled out of the application process.

Rex Bunnell and his partners had hoped to run what New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law calls an ‘Alternative Treatment Center’ in Concord. But a financial backer decided not to invest $1.7 million into the venture.

“So they pulled their money out and when they did that, that only gave us a little less than a week to try to come up with a substantial amount of money.”

The state’s first medical marijuana vapor lounge opened this weekend in Providence, but the legality of the lounge remains murky.

Elevated Vapor Lounge, located in downtown Providence opened Saturday.  Rhode Island medical marijuana patients can utilize the space to vaporize their doctor prescribed product.  And since state law bans smoking indoors, vaporizing is only thing allowed.

Medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 2006. Federal law continues to ban its sale.

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  The Department of Health and Human Services will soon begin asking for license applications from people who want to operate one of four medical marijuana dispensaries. A few proposals have already surfaced and some are partnering with outside companies.

Rex Bunnell hopes to find himself behind the counter of an Alternative Treatment Center, or ATC. That’s what the state calls its medical marijuana dispensaries.

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A 12,600-square-foot medical marijuana dispensary proposed in Epping, New Hampshire, has not been well received by some selectmen, despite the fact that medical marijuana is now legal in the state.

Selectman Jim McGeough said Monday night that Epping is a bedroom community and isn't the right place for a dispensary. He suggested a location like the Pease International Tradeport or a spot near a hospital would be a better place for it.

The $2 million proposal now goes before the town planning board on Dec. 11.

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A medical marijuana dispensary has been proposed in Epping, New Hampshire, after the state passed a law allowing seriously ill residents to use marijuana to treat their illnesses.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the plan will be presented to selectmen on Monday night at Epping Town Hall.

The program is being administered through the Department of Health and Human Services, which plans to license up to four facilities in the state.

  A legislative committee has signed off on rules to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. But the vote hinged on new legislation to fix a possible tax issue.

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