NH Businessman Formerly Against Cannabis Plans Dispensary

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A New Hampshire business owner who was originally against the state’s approval of medical marijuana now plans to open a dispensary.

Paul Morrissette of Loudon said he changed his mind after seeing how legalization has affected other states. He’s working with a subsidiary of MariMed Advisors of Massachusetts to be ready when the Department of Health and Human Services begins requesting applications for licenses. Morrissette expects to spend $100,000 on the application, according to the Concord Monitor.

The proposed dispensary and cultivation center could generate about 50 jobs in Franklin, where Morrissette hopes to locate the business. He expects it to draw alternative health practices, food shop and other storefronts.

“This is an opportunity to find a business that can be an anchor, and bring other businesses to town,” Morrissette said.

But he faces an uphill battle to get the business up and running: Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield said he opposes the project and New Hampshire’s MMJ law.