CONWAY — Sanctuary ATC, Conway’s first medical marijuana dispensary, is set to open its doors on Saturday at 11 a.m.
The facility, open only to clients, not the general public, is located in the former Citizens Bank at 234 White Mountain Highway in Shur-Fine Plaza.
Sanctuary, a non-profit, already operates a dispensary in Plymouth.
The Sun spoke to dispensary manager Forest Steinberg of Plymouth on June 20 as the facility was preparing to open.
Steinberg also runs the Plymouth dispensary, which opened in April 2016.
She said the move to Conway has gone smoothly.
“My personal biggest surprise while working here and getting this place up and running would be the amount of people stopping by,” said Steinberg, adding that some visitors said they obtained a card because Sanctuary was opening in Conway.
Others asked how they could get a medical marijuana card.
To buy medical marijuana in New Hampshire, one must be certified by a treating physician with having a qualifying condition such as cancer, chronic pain or multiple sclerosis.
Prior to the opening in Conway there were four ATCs operating in New Hampshire: Prime Alternative Treatment Centers of New Hampshire of Merrimack; Sanctuary ATC of Plymouth; and Temescal Wellness Inc. of Dover and Lebanon.
New Hampshire’s Therapeutic Cannabis Program divides the state into zones. Sanctuary operates in Zone 4, which is roughly Carroll, Coos and Grafton counties.
Steinberg said there are a little over 2,000 patients in Zone 4. She anticipated that over 200 people would become patients with the arrival of Conway’s dispensary.
The security at the Conway dispensary will be tightly controlled. Steinberg said when a patient seeks to enter, he or she will need to ring a doorbell. Staff are able to see the person though a camera and