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Two More N.H. Dispensaries Get Green Light to Grow Medical Marijuana

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Three out of four of New Hampshire's medical marijuana dispensaries are now approved to start cultivating cannabis. 

Temescal Wellness just got approval from the Department of Health and Human Services to start growing marijuana. The Manchester company will operate two dispensaries, one in Dover and another in Lebanon. Their grow site will be in Manchester.

Another company called Sanctuary ATC, which will open a dispensary in Plymouth, recently got a similar approval to start cultivating cannabis. That means three of the state's four dispensaries seem on track to open in the second quarter of 2016. 

In the meantime, qualifying patients can drive to Maine - after jumping through a few legal hoops - to legally purchase medical marijuana as a result of a recent lawsuit. The legislature passed the medical marijuana program two and half years ago.  

UPDATE: Information was added to this story after publication to provide additional context. 

Before joining NHPR in August 2014, Jack was a freelance writer and radio reporter. His work aired on NPR, BBC, Marketplace and 99% Invisible, and he wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and Northern Woodlands.
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