We’ve already told you about the first phase of our March Madness Sale, and now we are unveiling our fun “Sativa Sixteen” promotion! From March 17 through April 3, our Prime ATC product categories will compete to determine which is patients’ favorite. Tournament brackets are on display at both dispensaries so you can track your favorite product category’s progress.
Here’s how it works:
For the first two rounds of the Sativa Sixteen, winners will be determined by total sales across both dispensaries. There will be a contest each day, and brackets will be updated each morning during the promotion.
Then, when the semifinals begin on March 31, the game changes. For each of the three final games, patients will cast votes in person at the dispensaries to determine a winner. The championship game will take place on Tuesday, April 3, which coincides with the final game of the basketball tournament.
Any patient who votes for a winner on March 31, April 1, or April 3 will be rewarded with a $5 store credit. These credits will be redeemable beginning April 7.
If you are a basketball fan, we hope you enjoy March Madness. Regardless of whether you like basketball or not, we hope you enjoy our March Madness Sale and Sativa Sixteen promotion!
March and April are shaping up to be great months for sales at Prime ATC, beginning with Vape Madness! For the first phase of our March Madness Sale, we are offering awesome bulk discounts on all our vape cartridges from now until April 3, as follows:
If you prefer flower over “Vape Madness,” stay tuned for the next announcement. We will be adding flower options to the sale when the Sweet 16 begins on March 23. By the time the Final Four rolls around (April 1-3), all Prime products will be on sale!
Seniors, military veterans, and patients enrolled in the Compassionate Care Program will receive an additional 10% discount. Sale may not be combined with other discounts or loyalty points redemptions. While supplies last. No rainchecks. Orders must be picked up by end of sale to receive discounts.
If you like basketball, we hope you enjoy watching the tournament!
Great news: yesterday, a N.H. House Committee voted to approve the therapeutic cannabis home cultivation bill in a nearly unanimous vote! The House Committee on Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs voted 19-1 to advance HB 431. Next, we expect it will pass the House with little or no opposition.
We will be sure to let you know when a public hearing is scheduled for this bill in the state Senate. This will likely be sometime in April.
Legalization Hearing Scheduled
In other news, a second House committee has scheduled a hearing on the adult-use legalization bill that passed the House in February. On Monday morning (3/13) at 9am, the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 639. Unlike the previous committee, this committee will focus primarily on the bill’s fiscal impacts: the tax structure, fees, and spending.
As amended by the Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee, HB 639 would authorize the N.H. Liquor Commission to regulate adult-use cannabis. Unlike last year’s HB 1598, this bill envisions sales being conducted by private retailers, not state-run stores. A 15% tax would be levied on cultivators. You can read a summary of the amended bill here.
Prime ATC strongly preferred the original bill, which included home cultivation and automatic annulment of criminal records for past cannabis offenses. As introduced, HB 639 would have created a stand-alone Cannabis Commission, with oversight from an independent Advisory Board.
Although we preferred the original version, the amended bill still includes important provisions to ensure patients aren’t left behind. We believe HB 639, as amended, gives ATCs a reasonable path forward and does not seriously threaten the viability of the Therapeutic Cannabis Program.
After the committee completes its work, the bill will likely pass the House and proceed to the Senate, where its fate remains unclear. We will continue working to educate legislators and seek improvements as the process continues.
But before you try the new flower, we want to finish telling you the story of these plants. As we reported previously, our growers planted four El’s Army seeds on August 24. The seedlings were up-potted on September 9, and each plant was labeled with a unique barcode for tracking purposes.
Unfortunately, as we mentioned in our first El’s Army blog, “much can go wrong during the growing process.” While three of our young soldiers appeared to be healthy females, plant #3 began showing signs of intersex traits. When this happens, we immediately remove the plant from production.
You might wonder how three little plants are supposed to produce enough cannabis to supply patients. The answer is “propagation.” On October 17, our staff took approximately 18 cuttings from each of the three plants. If all goes well, each cutting is expected to develop into a mature, flowering beauty! From this point forward, the original three plants will be known as “mothers.”
Preparation is key to successful propagation. A few weeks before we propagate a plant, the mother plant will be “topped” or “tipped” to encourage lateral branching. This increases the number of cuts that will be available. The practice is as simple as removing a top portion of the plant’s tallest stalk, known as the “leader.” Removing the leader causes plant hormones to be redistributed to lower portions of the plant, promoting new leaders to take the old leader’s place.
For each cutting, we carefully remove a branch and immediately place it into a cup with water. The cutting is then carefully trimmed to facilitate growth and placed into a pre-soaked “propagation plug,” where it can begin to take root and form a new plant.
To keep track of each new soldier, we place them on a tray and label each phenotype. Labels include the date of the cuttings and the initials of the employees who took them. The cuts are still very sensitive at this stage, so we spray a dome with water and place it over the tray for the first night or two to keep them moist. On average, roots will start to poke out of their plugs one week after propagation. These cuts will live happily in our “Mom Room” until they are ready to be transplanted and moved into the vegetative phase.
Now that each mother plant has produced offspring that are genetically identical to the mother, we have created three different “phenotypes.” At this point, you can already see clear differences emerging between the cuttings from El’s Army #1, #2, and #4.
So what happens to the mother plants? We keep them alive and happy while we wait to see what happens with their offspring! If one or more of these phenotypes produces amazing cannabis flower, we will surely want to propagate more cuttings from that mother in the future.
Multiple sclerosis is a terrible disease that impacts many N.H. patients and their families. For our March community outreach project, we will be raising money to support the National MS Society, which strives to “cure MS while empowering people affected by MS to live their best lives.”
In March, you can help us support this worthy cause by purchasing concentrates. We will donate $1 for every .5g of concentrate sold and $2 for every 1g sold!
Our campaign to eliminate medical debt in northern New England was a huge success. We raised a total of $12,550 in January and February, exceeding our goal! Thanks to all who pitched in by purchasing capsules or making direct donations. We are also very grateful to United Canna Supply, one of our vendors, for contributing over $1,000. Our donation to RIP Medical Debt will enable the elimination of more than $1 million in outstanding medical debts!
This month, we are offering several more opportunities for you to learn about therapeutic cannabis, chat with our friendly staff, and meet other patients.
For those who may have missed it last time, we are offering another Terpene Class on Friday, March 3 at 10:00amat our Merrimack location. This is a great way to learn more about the compounds in cannabis that contribute to the aroma, effects, and therapeutic benefits. You will get samples of the terpenes to smell so you can start getting familiar with the different aromas in cannabis. If you are interested in joining this class, please sign up ahead of time. To sign up, give us a call at either dispensary or email us at email@example.com.
New Patient Orientation
For patients and caregivers who are new to therapeutic cannabis, we recommend our New Patient Orientation. In March, we will offer one on Wednesday, March 8 at 5:00pm via Zoom and another on Saturday, March 25 at 10:00am at the Merrimack location. You can sign up for this class on the phone, by email, or by asking a staff member at either of our dispensaries. If you aren’t able to attend the class, feel free to call us at either dispensary to schedule an appointment with one of our patient educators. We would be happy to meet with you!
Breakfast with Buds
Last month, we hosted our first Breakfast with Buds. This month, we will be hosting one at each location! Come join us right as we open for coffee, donuts, and fruit. You can chat with our staff members and meet other patients. The first one this month will be on Friday, March 10, at 10:00am in Merrimack. The second will be on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17, at 10:00am in Chichester.
Patient Support Group
Every month, we host a Patient Support Group on Zoom so patients can share stories and experiences. We have had a great group of people the last few months and have room for more. One great thing about doing this over Zoom is that if you are in a safe space and are following the laws, you can use cannabis while we talk! This month’s Patient Support Group will be on Tuesday, March 21st at 5pmvia Zoom. Please sign up beforehand so we can send you the link.
If you have any questions about our February educational opportunities or want to sign up for a class, please email us or call us at either of our locations.
We are pleased to announce a new line of vape cartridges from Prime ATC: Live Terpene THC Distillate Vapes! Four varieties are now appearing on our menus: Fruit Basket, Pot-Pourri, Sugah Shack, and Sweet Pine.
These new Live Terpene Vapes are similar to our other THC Distillate Vape Cartridges because they are made with the same cannabis oil from plants we grow ourselves. However, there is a key difference in the terpenes that are used. Unlike our other THC Distillate Vapes (Clementine, Grand Daddy Purple, Zkittles), which are produced using a blend of terpenes from non-cannabis plants, these Live Terpene Vapes are made with terpenes harvested from sun-grown cannabis plants. In order to maintain maximum freshness, the live cannabis terpenes are kept at sub-zero temperatures until our lab is ready to blend them and fill cartridges.
We also offer Full Spectrum THC Vape Cartridges, which are quite different. Unlike Distillate Vapes, our Full Spectrum Vapes are made using cannabis oil from specific cultivars. The oil used for these vape cartridges is less refined and appears darker in color. Since the oil contains the “full spectrum” of cannabinoids and terpenes that were present in the plant itself, our Full Spectrum Vapes tend to taste more like cannabis than Distillate Vapes.
If you find relief from a specific flower cultivar, it makes sense to try a Full Spectrum Vape that is derived from it. Some patients prefer Full Spectrum Vapes, and others prefer Distillate Vapes. We look forward to hearing your feedback on our new Live Terpene THC Distillate Vape Cartridges!
Last week, committees in the New Hampshire House of Representatives approved three bills dealing with cannabis policy. Two of the bills would make modest but important improvements to the Therapeutic Cannabis law, and the other bill would legalize and regulate cannabis for adults 21 and older. All three bills are expected to pass the full House this week (see below for an update).
Here are more details on the three bills:
HB 610 passed the House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee in a 20-0 vote. This bill would allow therapeutic cannabis certifications by any New Hampshire medical provider who is licensed to prescribe drugs to humans and possesses an active DEA registration. Many patients report that they have difficulty finding a provider who is knowledgeable about therapeutic cannabis. This bill would help by allowing a broader range of providers, including naturopathic doctors, to certify patients. The bill would also allow family practice providers who provide pediatric care to certify minor patients. Currently, two certifications are required for minor patients and one must be from a pediatrician, but this is problematic because many children are served by family practice providers rather than pediatricians.
HB 611 also passed the House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee in a 20-0 vote. This bill would make it easier for patients to be certified with a “severe pain” diagnosis. If it passes, the current requirements that patients have “not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures” or that they have experienced “serious side effects” from other treatment options would be deleted. This is important because patients should not have to try opioids or surgeries before being certified for therapeutic cannabis.
HB 639was amended by the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee, which approved it in a 17-3 vote. As amended, the bill would legalize cannabis possession for adults 21 and older and authorize the Liquor Commission to regulate production and sales by private retailers. The bill no longer includes home cultivation, which is still part of another bill (HB 344). Here’s a summary of HB 639, as it currently stands. Although we are unhappy with some of the changes, we are pleased to report that the bill still prioritizes the needs of patients and does not threaten the ongoing viability of the Therapeutic Cannabis Program. We will continue to advocate for sensible improvements as the bill advances.
Several other bills are still pending in House committees. These include HB 82 (employment protections for registered patients), HB 431 (home cultivation for registered patients and caregivers), and HB 344 (home cultivation for adults). The House will vote on all these bills eventually, but not this week.
Thanks to all who have contacted representatives about cannabis policy. We will continue to share updates as they become available!
UPDATE: These bills all passed the House on February 22. HB 610 and HB 611 passed in voice votes. HB 639 passed 234-127 and will proceed to the House Ways and Means Committee for further consideration.
If you like chocolate, we think you’re going to love our Valentine’s Day Weekend Sale. All brownies and chocolates are currently 20% off, while supplies last! The sale has already begun and will continue until Tuesday, Feb. 14.
At Prime ATC, we take great pride in the quality of our chocolate products. Our expert chocolatier, Chantal Roy, does a really fantastic job!
If you love chocolate as much as we do, you may be concerned by recent news that some commercially available dark chocolate products contain lead and other heavy metals. Consumer Reports tested several popular brands and identified several containing elevated levels of lead and cadmium.
Fortunately, Prime only uses chocolate from a very high quality source: Callebaut. All our chocolate products, even the chocolate chips in our chocolate chip cookies, are made with Callebaut Belgian chocolate. This company has an excellent reputation, and we have never heard or found any concerning reports regarding their dark chocolate.
In addition to its reputation for quality, Callebaut is known for its commitment to responsible and ethical business practices. Through its Forever Chocolate and Cocoa Horizons programs, Callebaut is working to make sustainable chocolate the norm.
Callebaut even includes codes on their bags of chocolate that allow you to trace their origins. Here are a few codes from the bags of chocolate we have recently used, in case you want to use Callebaut’s chocolate tracker link to learn more about the chocolate in our products: