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Department of Health and Human services announcement of applicants selected to begin the Post-Selection registration process to Become an Alternative Treatment Center
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Publish Date:
June 9, 2015

Concord, NH – On May 29, 2015, after a comprehensive and detailed review of applications in response to the Request for Applications for Approval to Operate an Alternative Treatment Center (RFA #15-DHHS-OHS-OOS_RFA-01) for the therapeutic use of cannabis, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has selected the following entities to begin the post-selection registration process for the following geographic areas:

  • Prime Alternative Treatment Centers of NH, Inc. Geographic Area 2
  • Temescal Wellness, Inc. Geographic Areas 1 & 3
  • Sanctuary ATC Geographic Area 4

"This is an important milestone to bring the Alternative Treatment Centers on-line," said Commissioner Nicholas A. Toumpas. "Now that the selections have been made, we will work closely with the selected Treatment Centers to make them operational as soon as possible so that they can open their doors and begin to provide relief to the individuals who are in need and suffering from serious medical conditions."

The selected entities must now follow the post-selection registration process described in administrative rule He-C 402.05 in order to receive a registration certificate from DHHS to operate an alternative treatment center (ATC). This stage of the process is expected to take a number of months to complete and will require each entity to secure local approvals and establish their operations. Specific locations of an ATC's registered premises within each geographic area have not yet been determined. During the post-selection registration process, the Department will work collaboratively with the selected applicants and the local governing body of the towns and cities in which they would like to operate, 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.

Each selected entity must submit its Application for ATC Registration no later than August 27, 2015, after which the selected entity will be subject to a compliance inspection. If compliant with all applicable laws and rules, the ATC will be issued a registration certificate to operate an ATC and may begin to cultivate cannabis.

A specific timeframe for when each ATC will be open to serve qualifying patients cannot be provided at this time. It is anticipated that it will take approximately 8–9 months after today’s announced selection before an ATC will be open for business (dispensing cannabis to qualifying patients). This estimate could change as the ATC’s seek to obtain zoning and other local approvals, establishing their programs, and achieving compliance with requirements.

The Department plans to begin issuing registry identification cards to patients approximately 6 weeks prior to an ATC being operational and open for business and will post an announcement on its website when it is ready to begin to accept qualifying patient and caregiver applications.

For more information on the Department's Therapeutic Cannabis Program, visit our website at:

Qualifying medical conditions are listed in the statute at RSA 126-X:1, IX(a); a link to this statute is on our website.

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