The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a certificate to allow Prime Alternative Treatment Center to begin operations at its new therapeutic cannabis dispensary location in Chichester.

Prime ATC, which operates a location in Merrimack, expects the Chichester dispensary will open to qualifying patients and designated caregivers on Friday. Qualifying patients can go to either location, according to a new release.

In 2019, the Legislature approved HB335, which required the State’s Therapeutic Cannabis Program (TCP) to make access and travel to ATCs easier for qualifying patients and their designated caregivers. HB335 enabled the establishment of an additional therapeutic cannabis dispensary in Region 2 (representing Hillsborough and Merrimack counties).

DHHS, which conducted a patient needs assessment, determined that a dispensary in the Concord area would best alleviate the travel burden on TCP patients in Region 2.

The Therapeutic Cannabis Program began serving patients in 2016. At the end of 2020, there were 11,161 qualifying patients and 564 designated caregivers participating in the program.

Applications for qualifying patients and designated caregivers, medical provider certifications, and other important information can be downloaded from the Therapeutic Cannabis Program page at www.dhhs.nh.gov/oos/tcp/.

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