NH DHHS - Alternative Treatment Centers Public Meetings Scheduled in Manchester and Rochester

Two public meetings to discuss the proposed location of therapeutic

cannabis cultivation sites in Manchester and Rochester, New Hampshire are

scheduled. A meeting in Manchester will be held on August 28 and there will

be one in Rochester on September 1.

New Hampshire Legislature passed House Bill 573, relative to the use of

cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Governor Maggie Hassan signed HB 573

(RSA 126-X) into law effective July 23, 2013. RSA 126-X creates an

exemption in state law from criminal penalties for the therapeutic use of

cannabis provided that its use is in compliance with RSA 126-X. The New

Hampshire Legislature placed the responsibility for administering the

program within the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

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.

Temescal Wellness was awarded Geographic Areas 1 & 3, and has proposed

their cultivation location in Manchester. Sanctuary Alternative Treatment

Center was awarded Geographic Area 4, and has proposed its cultivation site

in Rochester. The two new meetings are scheduled as follows.

Friday, August 28, 2015 – 6:00 pm

Manchester ATC Cultivation Site Public Input Forum

Manchester City Hall

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

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