Nearly three years after voting to legalize medical cannabis, New Hampshire’s first medical marijuana dispensary finally began serving patients.

Over the weekend, the Sanctuary Alternative Treatment Center in Plymouth, New Hampshire finally awarded dozens of patients who anxiously waited the medical cannabis dispensary’s opening. This newly opened dispensary says it already has 150 registered patients with another 800 awaiting approval.

Those patients will have plenty of options to choose from as the dispensary’s grow operation includes over 50 strains of cannabis priced at about $400 an ounce. Patients can purchase up to two ounces or 56 grams of marijuana once every 10 days.

New Hampshire’s legislation legalized medical marijuana in July of 2013, but the regulatory and licensing process for dispensaries took nearly three full years to iron itself out and come to fruition. With New Hampshire’s medical marijuana industry officially underway, the East Coast is nearly painted completely green with medical marijuana states.

With Pennsylvania recently legalizing medical marijuana, every state north of Virginia now has medical marijuana laws in place. Along with Pennsylvania and Hawaii (which recently handed out its dispensary licenses), Maryland is one of the few 24 medical marijuana states not to have a dispensary system yet in place.

That should change within the next 18 months as Maryland is currently licensing dispensaries and setting up its own regulatory system.

Bernie Canter

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