Aug 17, 2015 9:43 PM

Plymouth residents divided over proposed NH medical marijuana dispensary

PLYMOUTH - It was standing room only for a public hearing at Plymouth town hall Monday, where dozens of residents expressed their concerns over a proposed alternative treatment center.

“My concern, as a parent of teenagers, is diversion, it will happen, we know it will happen it has happened,” said Plymouth resident Annie Doyle.

“We have a drug problem in this state period, we can’t even handle that one right now,” said Claire Warhead, a Thornton resident.

Nonprofit group Sanctuary ATC fielded questions about their operation that proposed to be built on busy Tenney Mountain Highway. A representative from the Department of Health and Human Services also offered insight into regulations.

Many spoke in favor of the use of cannabis as medicine, some in their own experiences or with family members. A young woman became emotional was describing her issues when she was describe Percocet for pain, saying the drugs made her sick.

Another resident shared a story about his late father who was put on morphine and other strong drugs that changed them.

Sanctuary ATC says they chose Plymouth for it’s location off I-93. The company promises to work with the community in education and transition if their site is approved.

At the moment it’s a town divided, but it will be up to the Planning Board to make the final decision.

The planning board meeting will be held this Thursday and is open to the public.


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