Keene medical marijuana dispensary sees steady business in first weeks – The Keene Sentinel   Recently updated !


In its first few weeks of business, Keene’s medical marijuana dispensary has seen more than 100 patients, according to a company official.

Temescal Wellness — which also has dispensaries in Lebanon and Dover, in addition to several Massachusetts locations — opened its Keene site at 69 Island St. on April 17.

The dispensary requires all patients to have a state-issued medical marijuana card, and offers a variety of cannabis products, including flower (the smokable part of the plant), concentrates and edibles.

Sian Leininger, Temescal’s New Hampshire director of retail, said that so far, the Keene dispensary has seen mostly people who were previously driving to its Lebanon location nearly 70 miles away.

They “now don’t have to make that hour-long commute, so our team has been really great about making that transition smooth for them,” she said.

New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law — which has been in effect since 2013, with the first dispensaries opening in 2016 — legalized the use of cannabis for a limited number of medical conditions and with strict permitting. Those conditions include moderate to severe chronic pain, moderate to severe post-traumatic stress disorder and certain symptoms brought on by cancer, muscular dystrophy, Crohn’s disease and other diagnoses. 

When applying for a card, New Hampshire residents must choose one of the state’s three authorized dispensary companies to pick up medical marijuana from. If someone has already chosen Temescal’s other site in Lebanon, they will now also be able to pick up in Keene because the two locations are owned by the same company, according to the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services.

People can change their dispensary company by submitting a form to the state health department’s therapeutic cannabis program, which can be found on its website at https://bit.ly/2RqvcNr.

In addition to existing clients, Temescal’s Keene location has also had a few newcomers, according to Leininger. And overall, she said a majority

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