Merrimack Planners Approve Medical Marijuana Dispensary | New Hampshire

| Register | Sign In A medical marijuana dispensary has been approved by the Merrimack Planning Board at 105 Daniel Webster Highway.(Kimberly Houghton) Merrimack planners approve medical marijuana dispensary By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON Merrimack eyes rules for pot dispensary MERRIMACK Despite concerns from neighboring businesses and a nearby Catholic college, the local planning board on Tuesday granted permission for a medical marijuana dispensary to operate in town. Prime Alternative Treatment Center of New Hampshire will convert the former Digital Credit Union building at 105 Daniel Webster Highway into a medical cannabis dispensary one of four being permitted by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services since the state legislature legalized the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes in June of 2013. This is a therapy just like any other medication, Brett Sicklick, CEO of Prime Alternative Treatment Center of New Hampshire, told the planning board on Tuesday. There will be no consumption of product on site. If the charitable non-profit organization receives all of its permits, the dispensary will include security cameras, secure interior vaults and a clean, professional environment similar to a medical facility, according to company officials. Sicklick anticipates about 25 to 50 patients per day, and about 10 full-time employees at the site. Prior to voting to approve the proposed site plan, local planners heard concerns from two local business owners including the owners of S&J Motor Company and an attorney for the owner of RH Cars Auto Center. A letter from Thomas Fahey, president of the nearby Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, was also read aloud at the meeting. Fahey expressed grave concern and opposition to the facility, saying the college may consider legal action and potential peaceful protests if the alternative treatment center becomes operational. He maintained that the dispensary, if approved, will be harmful to the organizations corporate image, compromise future events at the college and create an insecure environment for school children. Although dispensaries are not permitted within 1,000 feet of any school zone, the college is exempt from school zones and is closer to the site than 1,000 feet, according to Robert Best, chairman of the planning board. While Best said he respects concerns from Fahey, he stressed that marijuana will not be used on the site, and the product is not intended for recreational use.

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