N.H. holding public hearing on medical marijuana dispensary

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — State and local officials say they’re hearing little negative feedback in communities that will soon be home to long-awaited medical marijuana dispensaries, although some residents are seeking reassurance about security.

The state and Prime Alternative Treatment Centers of NH are hosting a public hearing on Tuesday evening in Merrimack about plans to build a dispensary in town. It’s the fourth in a series of public hearings by the state Department of Health and Human Services and the three companies it has selected to open the dispensaries.

Hearings have already been held in Peterborough, Lebanon and Plymouth and two more are planned in Manchester and Rochester, all proposed homes for either the dispensaries or marijuana cultivation sites.

Town officials in Merrimack, Peterborough and Lebanon said they’ve heard minimal opposition to the plans. At Peterborough’s public meeting, a high school student expressed concern about the proximity of the proposed cultivation site to the school, town manager Pam Brenner said. Other questions have centered on securing the facilities from break-ins.

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