Food Drive Success!

Patients and caregivers, thank you so much for making our food drive such a huge success. Earlier this week, Prime ATC staff delivered a large load of food items to N.H. Food Bank. After weighing everything, the Food Bank’s staff told us the total weight of our contribution was 1,169 pounds, which will produce approximately 972 meals for families in need!

Prime ATC staff unloading donated food at N.H. Food Bank Photo by N.H. Food Bank

Congratulations to the raffle winners! If you won, you have already been notified. But the raffle was only to provide some incentive. What really matters is the impact we were able to make with this successful food drive. When patients, caregivers, and dispensaries work together to make a positive impact in our communities, everybody wins!

photo of Prime ATC staff posing in front of food drive items: Stephen Bell, Matt Simon, David Patton, Tanya Patton
From left to right: Prime ATC’s Stephen Bell, Matt Simon, David Patton, and Tanya Patton Photo by N.H. Food Bank

Many thanks to N.H. Food Bank for the photos and friendly conversation, and for everything they do to help fight food insecurity! Also, special thanks to Prime ATC’s Tanya and David Patton for leading this effort. Now that the food drive has concluded, we strongly encourage patients and caregivers to participate in our holiday toy drive!

‘Listening Session’ Scheduled for Dec. 1

The N.H. Therapeutic Cannabis Medical Oversight Board wants to hear from patients at their meeting on Wednesday, December 1!

New Hampshire’s therapeutic cannabis law passed in 2013, and dispensaries began serving patients in 2016. Now that the program has been operational for more than five years, the Medical Oversight Board (TCMOB) has scheduled a listening session to hear perspectives from “patients, caregivers, medical providers, and other members of the public.” If you would like to share your experiences with the program and/or suggest improvements, this is an ideal opportunity to do so!

Here are the details:

  • When: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
  • Time: 5:30 to 7:30 PM
  • Where: NH Department of Health and Human Services
    29 Hazen Drive, Auditorium
    Concord, NH 03301
    Directions
  • Remote Option: Zoom

The TCMOB is comprised of 13 members, including 10 medical providers and one qualifying patient. (The patient representative is Heather Marie Brown, who advocated for this opportunity for patients to address the TCMOB). Although the TCMOB does not have any regulatory authority over the program, it is tasked with making policy recommendations to legislators and regulators, and its recommendations are taken seriously.

If you are not comfortable speaking in public, the TCMOB invites you to share your thoughts with them via email: dhhs.mobtcp@dhhs.nh.gov.

Here is a screenshot of the full announcement from the program’s website:

We look forward to hearing patients’ perspectives at this listening session. This is sure to be educational for all who attend, so mark your calendars!

Holiday Boxes Are Here!

Prime’s holiday boxes were a big hit last year, so we are very excited to announce three new holiday boxes for 2021! These new items have already been added to our menus, and they are available at both dispensary locations while supplies last.

Canna Bomb Box ($15)

Patients, if you enjoy hot chocolate, you might really appreciate one of our new canna bombs as a holiday treat.

photo of chocolate canna bomb
Our canna bombs are much more beautiful than regular bombs!

Just drop the “bomb” into a mug of steaming hot water or milk, give it a stir, and watch as it transforms into a delicious beverage. Each canna bomb contains 50mg of THC, so this might be a good product to share with another patient on a cold winter day!

photo of holiday box with canna bomb package
Prime’s Canna Bomb Box ($15)

The canna bomb consists of Prime’s THC-infused hot cocoa mix enclosed in a beautiful chocolate shell. If you saw this photo of Chantal Roy in our recent “staff spotlight” blog and wondered what she was creating, those were the shells for the canna bombs!

Chantal Roy creates canna bomb shells by pouring excess chocolate out of a molded tray
Prime’s resident chocolate expert Chantal Roy demonstrates the process of making shells for canna bombs.
Baked Box ($30)

Our “Baked Box” contains three varieties of delicious baked goods:

  • One Brownie (50mg THC)
  • One Chocolate Chip Cookie (20mg THC)
  • Three Ginger Snaps (10mg THC each)

Ugly Sweater Box ($30)

Our final box may not be fashionable, but the products it contains are delicious! The Ugly Sweater Box includes the following items:

  • One Dark Mint Chocolate Square (Nighttime, 20mg THC) (new recipe)
  • One White Chocolate Peppermint Square (Daytime, 20mg THC)
  • Four Milk Chocolate Bon Bons (Daytime, 5mg THC each)
  • Four Blueberry Fruit Chews (5mg THC each) (new recipe – made with real fruit!)
  • Four Lemon Fruit Chews (5mg THC each) (new recipe – made with real fruit!)

Patients, we hope you enjoy the new holiday boxes!

Bring Joy, Donate a Toy!

For the second consecutive year, Prime ATC is partnering with Chaos and Kindness to collect toys for children in need. Your donations brought smiles to many young faces last holiday season, and this year we are hoping to spread even more cheer!

We believe every child needs and deserves a toy regardless of their economic circumstances, so we are encouraging patients and caregivers to donate toys at both of our dispensary locations. As an added incentive, for every unwrapped toy donated between November 22 and December 18, you will receive one entry into a raffle.

We will hold separate raffles at each dispensary location. First prize will be a $250 Prime store credit, second prize will be a $100 Prime store credit, and third and fourth prizes will be a 5g (very large) Star Mints pre-roll.

graphic version of toy drive and raffle annoucement

We want to do everything we can to ensure that all children are able enjoy the holiday season, so we would greatly appreciate your support for our toy drive!

Prime Holiday Schedule

At Prime ATC, we understand that patients rely on us to provide therapeutic cannabis products on a consistent basis. We also understand that our hardworking staff members need a break during the holidays. Balancing these considerations can be a challenge, but we are confident that our 2021 holiday schedule will accommodate the needs of our patients as well as our staff.

For the Thanksgiving holiday, both dispensaries will be closed all day on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25). We will resume normal hours (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) on Friday, November 26.

Additionally, here is the schedule we are planning to follow for the Christmas/New Year’s holiday season:

  • Christmas Eve (Friday, December 24)
    • Dispensaries close at 3pm
  • Christmas Day (Saturday, December 25)
    • Dispensaries closed all day
  • Monday, December 27
    • Dispensaries closed all day
  • New Year’s Eve (Friday, December 31)
    • Dispensaries close at 5pm
  • New Year’s Day (Saturday, January 1)
    • Dispensaries closed all day
  • Monday, January 3
    • Dispensaries closed all day

Please be sure to plan ahead so these holiday closings will not disrupt your supply of therapeutic cannabis. You can place online orders here at our menu. We look forward to serving you this holiday season!

photo of Prime ATC sign outside Chichester dispensary

Prime Local Honey

Working with local producers is a sweet way to do business, and patients will taste the difference when they try Prime’s infused local honey!

You may know that all Prime’s therapeutic cannabis products are made in New Hampshire, but our commitment to local commerce doesn’t stop there! We believe in doing business with local vendors and producers whenever possible, and our infused honey products are a particularly tasty example of a local partnership that patients can appreciate.

Prime initially tried using honey from other producers, but our search for the perfect source ended when we found Peter And His Bees. Peter de Bruyn Kops has been fascinated by bees since sixth grade, and he has been producing honey in southern New Hampshire for 25 years. His experience really shows in the final product – we believe his honey is the best in the region!  

photo of Peter de Bruyn Kops wearing a beekeeper suit and working on a beehive
Peter de Bruyn Kops lifts a “super” off a hive at a farm in Milford, N.H. Photo by Katrina Holman

Many patients enjoy adding Prime local honey to a cup of hot tea or spreading it on toast. This is a convenient and delicious way to consume therapeutic cannabis! And for patients and caregivers who enjoy baking, honey works well in many recipes as a substitute for sugar. But the quality of the product depends almost entirely on the quality of the honey we are infusing. Fortunately, Peter’s honey tastes every bit as good as it looks:

photo of local honey being poured into jars
Jars filling with delicious honey from Peter And His Bees. Photo by Katrina Holman

Peter says he enjoys beekeeping because “it is a refuge from the stresses of modern life,” and he appreciates “the challenge of keeping the bees healthy and producing a good crop.”

It is also a great way to stay connected with the natural world. “I love that beekeeping is so close to nature and the seasons in that the inside of a bee colony reflects the condition of plant life in the surrounding mile or so,” he explained.

Peter says his customers seek out local honey for a few important reasons. Some people find it helpful in dealing with seasonal allergies. Others feel strongly about buying local for ethical reasons, or because fraud is a significant issue in the international honey trade. Also, local honey just tastes better!

several jars of Peter's honey, including raw honey and creamed honey, and a package of comb honey
Local N.H. honey products packaged and ready for sale. Photo by Katrina Holman

If you’d like to try Peter’s honey in a non-infused form, it is available at the following locations:

in Amherst:

   Amherst Garden Center

   Sunny Valley Farms

in Canterbury:

   Hackleboro Orchard (seasonal)

in Dublin:

   Morningstar Maple

in Hollis:

   Lull Farm

in Loudon:

   Miles Smith Farm

In Milford:

   Fitch’s Corner Farmstand

   Lull Farm

   Trombly Gardens

in Mont Vernon:

   Mont Vernon General Store

in Nashua

   Lanna Asian Market

   Riverwalk Roasters Cafe

in Peterborough:

   Natures Green Grocer

   Rosaly’s Garden (seasonal)

In Wilton:

   Local Share

jar of Prime's infused honey
Prime ATC’s THC-infused honey

Prime’s THC-infused honey is available in daytime, anytime, or nighttime formulations. Patients, if you’d like to try it, you can find it here on our menus, in the “edible” section!

Another Classic Sativa Returns!

We have added a popular sativa and three new full-spectrum vapes to Prime’s menu

By popular demand, the classic sativa known as Panama Red has made its triumphant return to Prime’s menu!

photo of Prime's Panama Red flower, pre-harvest
Prime’s Panama Red flower, pre-harvest

Patients who have been registered with Prime for several years may remember our old Panama Red flower. Several patients have requested that we bring back this popular sativa, and our growers were more than happy to oblige. We believe the new Panama Red is very similar to our previous Panama Red, and we hope you will try it and let us know what you think!

The Panama Red flower is now available in both Merrimack and Chichester, and we also have Panama Red full spectrum vape cartridges. Pre-rolls will appear on the dispensary shelves next week.

photo of Prime's Panama Red flower, trimmed
Prime’s Panama Red flower, trimmed
New Full-Spectrum Vape Options

Patients have given us a lot of positive feedback on our new flower strains, and some are now available as full-spectrum vape cartridges. In addition to Panama Red, our menu now includes Orange Mojito and Ghouls N Ghosts vape cartridges. Patients, we hope you find these new products beneficial!

Veterans Day Sale!

Military veterans receive 20% off entire order on Thursday, November 11

If you are a military veteran, our staff at Prime ATC would like to thank you for your service! To show our appreciation on November 11, patients who are military veterans will receive a 20% discount on their entire order.

Veterans Day Sale graphic, same details as blog text

Note: this sale may not be combined with other discounts or loyalty points redemptions. You or your designated caregiver must make your purchase on Thursday, November 11, to receive the 20% discount. Only registered N.H. patients and caregivers may purchase at N.H. dispensaries until recent legislative changes are implemented by the state.

Again, thank you for your service, and thank you for choosing Prime ATC for your therapeutic cannabis needs!

New Loyalty Program!

Dear Patients and Caregivers,

In September, when New Hampshire began allowing patients to shop at any ATC, we announced a special offer to attract new patients. But we didn’t forget about the patients who have supported Prime over the last five years! You are the reason we have been able to grow and become the #1 source for therapeutic cannabis in New Hampshire, and today we are pleased to reward you by announcing our new loyalty program.

For starters, all patients who have purchased from Prime at any point prior to September 10 (when we began the special for new patients) have already been rewarded with 2,500 points. If you want to spend your points today, you may redeem them for $25 in store credit. Or, if you wait until you have accumulated 5,000 points, you can redeem them for a “double bonus” store credit of $100.

We have already begun rewarding all patients with 1 point for every $1 spent at any Prime location. There will also be other ways to earn points, such as by reviewing products or completing surveys, and we look forward to sharing those opportunities as they arise. When you reach 1,000 points in your account, you (or your designated caregiver) may redeem them for a $10 store credit or wait until you accumulate 5,000 to qualify for the “double bonus.” Here are more details of the program:

Graphic announcement of loyalty program. Points have no cash value and may only be redeemed for cannabis products and accessories. Prime reserves the right to alter or discontinue the terms of this promotion at any time.

Our system will keep track of your points automatically, so there are no pesky punch-cards or complicated passwords to remember. If you have any questions about the program or want to check your points balance, just ask a staff member the next time you visit the dispensary!

We take great pride in the quality of our products, and we know that our flower prices are already the lowest of any New Hampshire ATC. But we also know there is still a lot of room for us to improve, and with your support we will continue to do so. We certainly understand that patients have other options for therapeutic cannabis, and we are rolling out this loyalty program to show our appreciation for patients who have chosen and continue to choose Prime.

Patients and caregivers, on behalf of our entire staff, we thank you for your past support and we look forward to serving you the next time you give us an opportunity. If you’d like to place an order, here is a link to our menu!

Sincerely,

Keenan Blum
CEO, Prime Alternative Treatment Centers of N.H.

P.S. We’ve been ramping up our social media presence, so now would be a great time for you to like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram!

Help Eliminate Food Insecurity!

We are very pleased to report that our September/October promotions raised $2,423 to benefit Concord Coalition to End Homelessness. Patients, we can’t thank you enough for supporting this worthy cause with your purchases of chocolates and trail mix!

In the month of November, we are turning our attention to another serious problem: food insecurity. Sadly, many individuals and families across New Hampshire will experience hunger this winter. We want to do our part, so from November 1 to 19, we will be conducting a food drive to benefit N.H. Food Bank. Please help eliminate food insecurity by donating non-perishable food items the next time you visit Prime!

If you are able to participate, please bring any items you’d like to donate the next time you visit our dispensary in either Merrimack or Chichester. If you donate five or more items, you will be entered into a raffle! Raffles will be held at both locations. Feel free to enter as many times as you’d like (one entry for each 5 items donated).

Raffle prizes (at each location):

1st prize = $250 store credit

2nd prize = $100 store credit

3rd and 4th prizes = a 5g Star Mints pre-roll

graphic version of announcement that Prime is collecting donations for New Hampshire Food Bank to help eliminate food insecurity

If you’d like to place an order before you head to the dispensary with food items to donate, click here to visit our menu!