Three New Hampshire companies have been selected, from a group of 14 applicants, to operate four medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the Granite State.
On Tuesday, June 9, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced that Temescal Wellness, Inc., Prime Alternative Treatment Centers of New Hampshire, and Sanctuary ATC will become the three companies licensed during the post-selection registration period.
John Martin, the Manager of DHHS Bureau of Licensing and Certification, reported that it took a very long time to select the companies. This was a time consuming process because some applications were longer than 1,000 pages.
Although the exact locations of each dispensary has not been decided, they will be placed in four different geographic regions around New Hampshire. A public input process, as well as local approval of the dispensaries, will be necessary.
Dr. Gary Woods (photo below), a retired orthopedic surgeon who serves on the board of directors for Temescal Wellness, said that it has been and will continue to be a thorough process for selecting companies and locations.
Dispensaries will now seek out local approvals and organizing their operations. Woods explained why this slow process will be worth the wait:
“The people who formulated this company are experts in the field, absolutely. I think we’ve had a lot of emotional discussion, but we’re trying to transition that just from the emotional component to a real scientific basis to see what is good and if necessary what is bad as well. I think it’s going to be done right, instead of just having it out in the open to begin with. Let’s find out how it works for these medical entities that have been identified.”
According to DHHS, each treatment center must have their registration application submitted by August 27. Following application entry, it will be inspected for compliance. Once approved, the company will be able to begin cultivating medical marijuana.
DHHS plans to begin issuing patients registry identification cards approximately six weeks prior to treatment centers opening for sales.
With dispensaries just beginning to get local approvals and setting up operations, DHHS officials believe that it will take eight to nine months before they will be open for business.
Although it will take some time, John Martin is excited about the recent steps towards medical legalization:
“Today, we reached a huge milestone in the therapeutic cannabis program.”
The DHHS website will post an announcement once they are ready to accept patient and caregivers applications.