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Therapeutic Cannabis Program - 2015 Updates

October 30, 2015


On November 2, 2015, the Therapeutic Cannabis Program will begin to accept applications from potentially Qualifying Patients and Designated Caregivers as part of a pre-registration period. All applications submitted during the pre-registration period must be completed in their entirety, and all required documents and the application fee must be included. As with the regular registration process, you will be notified in writing if your application is incomplete and when your completed application is approved or denied. Note, however, that the Program's deadlines for notifying you of missing information, for approving or denying your application, and for issuing you a Registry Identification Card will not apply during the pre-registration period.

During the pre-registration period, if your application is approved, a Registry Identification Card will not be issued to you until the ATC you have selected receives authorization from the Program to dispense cannabis (the effective date of the card will be the issue date, not the approval date). The ATCs are expected to become operational in the first quarter of 2016. Once an ATC obtains authorization to dispense cannabis, the regular Program deadlines including the issuance of Registry Identification Cards shall apply for Qualifying Patients who select that ATC and their Designated Caregivers.

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

Public Input Forums
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.

The selected ATCs have identified locations for dispensaries or cultivation sites, and the selected municipalities and DHHS have scheduled meetings to solicit the public’s input. The following dates and locations for the public input sessions have been established:

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 7:00 pm
Dover ATC Dispensary Public Input Forum
McConnell Center, Room 305
61 Locust Street
Dover, NH

Monday, August 17, 2015 - 6:00 pm
Plymouth ATC Dispensary Public Input Forum
Town Hall
6 Post Office Square
Plymouth, NH

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 – 5:00 pm
Peterborough ATC Cultivation Site Public Input Forum
Peterborough Town House
1 Grove Street
Peterborough, NH

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 – 7:00 pm
Lebanon ATC Dispensary Public Input Forum
Lebanon City Hall
51 North Park Street
Lebanon, NH

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 – 7:00 pm
Merrimack ATC Dispensary Public Input Forum
Merrimack Town Hall, Matthew Thornton Room
8 Baboosic Lake Road
Merrimack, NH

Friday, August 28, 2015 – 6:00 pm
Manchester ATC Cultivation Site Public Input Forum
Manchester City Hall - Third Floor, Aldermanic Chamber
One City Hall Plaza
Manchester, NH

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 – 7:00 pm
Rochester ATC Cultivation Site Public Input Forum
Rochester City Hall, Council Chambers
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH

June 9, 2015

Department of Health And Human Services Announcement of Applicants Selected to Begin the Post-Selection Registration Process to Become an Alternative Treatment Center

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:

Entity Location
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.

Qualifying medical conditions are listed in the statute at RSA 126-X:1, IX (a); a link to this statute can be found on this webpage.

Request for Applications (Note that the application period has closed.)

Map depicting the state's four geographic areas

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