Dozens of people struggling with severe and chronic pain purchased medical marijuana Saturday in Plymouth as the state’s first licensed dispensary opened for business, nearly three years after the treatment was legalized.
“It’s a historic moment for New Hampshire, and it certainly makes sense,” said Laura Vincent, who waited for three hours for her husband, Richard, to be admitted into Sanctuary ATC.
“It’s not like we’re desperate,” she said. “But there are a lot of people who are.”
The opening, announced Friday by the Department of Health and Human Services, allows nearly 150 registered patients to purchase medical marijuana in Plymouth.
Sanctuary ATC (Alternative Treatment Center) was one of three companies chosen to operate four dispensary in the state. A second dispensaries, in Dover could open as early as next week. Others are planned in Lebanon and Merrimack.
It was a long time coming. Medical marijuana was legalized by the legislature in 2013, and the state has spent months licensing and monitoring the dispensaries and their grow sites. [Read more at the Concord Monitor]