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NH DHHS Issues Certificate to Sanctuary ATC to Open Therapeutic Cannabis Dispensary in Plymouth

April 29, 2016
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced that 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 (ATC) 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.

Applications for potentially qualifying patients and designated caregivers, medical provider certification, and other important information can be found on the right side of this page.

The “Change of Information / Lost Card” form can be used by qualifying patients to request a transfer between ATCs, and is linked on the right side of this page under “Applications and Forms.”

On Monday, December 28, 2015, the Department will begin to issue Registry Identification Cards by mail to Qualifying Patients and Designated Caregivers whose applications have been approved. Applications are being processed in the order received by the Therapeutic Cannabis Program. The Program's deadlines for notifying applicants of missing information, for approving or denying an application, and for issuing cards will now apply.

Registry Identification Cards issued to Qualifying Patients and Designated Caregivers cannot be used to purchase therapeutic cannabis in New Hampshire until the Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) dispensary selected by the Qualifying Patient opens. The ATC dispensaries are expected to open in Spring 2016.

Qualifying Patients and Designated Caregivers have a personal responsibility to maintain the integrity of the Therapeutic Cannabis Program by preventing the diversion of their therapeutic cannabis. The Program strongly advises all patients and caregivers to:

  • Keep cannabis in a locked container in the trunk or cargo portion of the vehicle when transporting cannabis.
  • Have their registry identification card with them when in possession of cannabis.
  • Store cannabis in a locked box at home.

Follow the links on the side of the page for more detailed application instructions and program information.

Purpose and Mission

In June 2013 the New Hampshire Legislature passed House Bill 573 (Chapter 242 of the Laws of 2013), relative to the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Governor Maggie Hassan signed HB 573 (RSA 126-X) into law effective July 23, 2013. 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 NH Legislature placed the responsibility for administering the program within the NH Department of Health and Human Services. The Department's primary responsibilities include:

  1. Maintaining a registry of, and issuing registry identification cards to, eligible qualifying patients who have been certified by their medical provider to have a qualifying medical condition and associated symptoms;
  2. Issuing registry identification cards to designated caregivers who are authorized to assist qualifying patients with the therapeutic use of cannabis; and
  3. Issuing registration certificates to a maximum of four alternative treatment centers in the state for the cultivation, production, and dispensing of cannabis to qualifying patients, or their designated caregivers.


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