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.