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.


Areas 1 & 3

Sanctuary ATC

Geographic Area


“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


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: http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/oos/tcp/index.htm

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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