First dispensaries open in New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s medical marijuana market is now officially up and running.

The first two dispensaries in the state have opened their doors, nearly three years after New Hampshire lawmakers legalized medical cannabis.

The move brings another new MMJ market into the fold, although it will be a small one for the foreseeable future.

The Sanctuary Alternative Treatment Center opened April 30 in Plymouth, in the north-central part of the state, after receiving its final registration certificate from the state.

Sanctuary served more than 40 patients on its first day, according to the Manchester Union Leader. For now, the dispensary is open only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Temescal Wellness received its certification Wednesday and will open its dispensary today in Dover, in the state’s coastal region, according to

The Granite State’s MMJ program allows for four dispensaries, which offers only limited opportunities for entrepreneurs wanting to provide ancillary services to the industry.

Temescal Wellness also will open another dispensary in the western New Hampshire town of Lebanon in the next few weeks, while Prime ATC will open the fourth dispensary in the southern New Hampshire town of Merrimack later this summer.

Patients can be enrolled at only one dispensary at a time, and switching can take up to 20 days, according to the Concord Monitor.