Jun 9, 2015 12:00 AM
CONCORD - The long-awaited bid to locate a dispensary for medical marijuana to chronically-ill patients reached a key milestone today.
State officials announced the three firms selected to open up to four treatment centers in geographic regions spread out across New Hampshire.
But state officials say the precise locations for these centers will not be revealed for up to two more months and locating the first one is likely up to nine months away.
"This is an important milestone to bring the Alternative Treatment Centers on-line,” Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas A. Toumpas said in a statement.
“Now that the selections have been made, we will work closely with the selected Treatment Centers to make them operational as soon as possible so that they can open their doors and begin to provide relief to the individuals who are in need and suffering from serious medical conditions.”
These are the firms selected and the regions they will cover with their centers.
The map attached to his story identifies the section of the state covered by these centers.
Prime Alternative Treatment Centers of NH, Inc.
Area 2 ( Merrimack-Hillsborough Counties)
Temescal Wellness, Inc.
Area 1 (Belknap, Strafford, Rockingham Counties)
Area 3 (Cheshire and Sullivan Counties)
Area 4 (Grafton, Coos, Carroll Counties)
State officials said exact locations for the centers have not been chosen. The winning bidders now have to meet an Aug. 27 deadline when they make a formal application to be licensed.
After that hurdle is clear, the selected firms will approach local communities to seek the necessary approvals to operate there.
Toumpas said the process from now to opening a center for sales is six to nine months.
State officials also announced those able to buy medicinal marijuana will be issued ID cards six weeks before the first treatment center is to open.