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Jan 14, 2016 5:01 PM

Rochester neighbors welcome NH's 1st medical marijuana growing facility


ROCHESTER - The N.H. Department of Health and Human Services has issued its first certificate of registration to Sanctuary ATC, which will begin cultivating medical marijuana at 20 Spaulding Ave. in Rochester.

The old mill building is set back off of Route 125 - right on the Maine border - but it is very close to a handful of houses.

Neighbors knew this was coming and say they haven't noticed any changes at the building and don't expect to see any - other than some delivery trucks and now and then.

Bob Thorsell lives about a block away. He's on oxygen, so he has no interest in smoking medical marijuana, but might be interested in edibles.

"I certainly don't smoke it, I'd probably like to make some brownies," Thorsell said.

Thorsell's granddaughter Kennedy Thorsell-Cary answered their door wearing a Bob Marley T-shirt and hat. With a smile, she told NH1 News that she thinks the growing facility is a great thing.

"You never see an angry stoner, everyone should have a prescription," Thorsell-Cary said.

Right across the street, Anita McSheehan says she hopes the medical marijuana grown in her neighborhood will be able to help others.

"Our son passed away from brain cancer and he was offered it, and refused it because it was illegal - and I think if it's going to help somebody, they should use it," McSheehan said.

The cannabis will only be grown in the Rochester facility. Sanctuary ATC will operate it's dispensary in Plymouth.

That operation could be up and running as early as this spring.

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