MG Sale!

No, we aren’t opening a car dealership – we are announcing a 20% sale on Prime’s MG flower!

Prime’s Margalope (MG) flower is a hybrid cross between Chocolope and Frozen Margie. We are pleased to be offering it on sale for 20% off at both of our dispensary locations (Merrimack and Chichester). If you are eligible for our Compassionate Care discount, the Margalope flower is 30% off.

This sale will be available while supplies last. If you’d like to place an order, visit our menu today!

MG flower sale flyer, 20% off while supplies last. Photos of Margalope flower, pre-harvest and trimmed.

2022 Legislative Update

By Matt Simon, Prime ATC Director of Public and Government Relations

The New Hampshire Legislature began its 2022 session last week, and one of the first bills the House approved was a cannabis legalization bill. HB 629 would eliminate penalties for possessing and growing small amounts of cannabis for adults 21 and older, and the House passed it in an overwhelming 241-113 vote. Here is a summary of the bill.

HB 629 would not directly impact the therapeutic cannabis program if it becomes law. However, Prime ATC supports this bill, in part because we know it would be beneficial for patients who feel strongly about cultivating their own cannabis. Unfortunately, the state Senate has not been receptive to similar bills in the past, and Gov. Chris Sununu has not expressed support. The next step for HB 629 will be a public hearing in a Senate committee. The Senate has not yet announced a date for this hearing.

Photo of the NH House of Representatives meeting in the House chamber, pre-COVID.
The N.H. House of Representatives meets in Representatives’ Hall, before the advent of COVID-19.

Before HB 629 receives further consideration, several more bills have been scheduled for hearings in the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. These hearings will take place on Thursday, January 20 and Friday, January 21 in Representatives’ Hall at the State House (107 N Main St, Concord). Unfortunately, there will not be an option for people to testify remotely, but all are welcome to submit written testimony and comments. If you’d like to email the committee and share your opinions on any (or all) of these bills, here is their email address: HouseCriminalJusticeandPublicSafety@leg.state.nh.us

Legalization Bills Being Considered Next Week

HB 1598 – legalizing possession for adults 21 and older and establishing a state monopoly on the sale of cannabis (Abbas), public hearing January 20 @ 9:30am. This bill would establish a regulated market for cannabis administered by the state liquor commission. Licensed businesses would produce and manufacture cannabis, which could only be sold in state-run stores. Prime ATC supports legalizing cannabis for adults, but we do not support this particular approach because we do not believe it is desirable for the state to monopolize sales. Legalization will create many economic opportunities, and we believe these opportunities should be broadly shared rather than concentrated in the hands of the state.

HB 1348 – legalizing possession and home cultivation for adults 21 and older (Egan), public hearing January 20 @ noon. This bill would eliminate penalties for possessing of up to one ounce of cannabis, 5g of hashish, and six cannabis plants (two of which may be mature) for adults 21 and older. It would not establish a regulated market. Prime ATC supports this bill.

Constitutional Amendments

In addition to these legalization bills, some legislators are also trying to legalize cannabis by amending the state constitution. If one of the following “Constitutional Amendment Concurrent Resolutions” receives 60% support in both the House and Senate, it will appear on the ballot in November 2022. Amending the Constitution requires two-thirds majority support from voters. Prime ATC is generally supportive of these efforts, and we hope to see one of these proposals advance to the Senate.

CACR 20 – legalization (Cushing), public hearing January 20 @ 2pm.

CACR 34 – legalization (Adjutant), public hearing January 20 @ 2:30pm.

CACR 35 – legalization (Prout), public hearing January 20 @ 3pm.

In addition to these legalization proposals, the committee will consider another bill relevant to cannabis policy on Friday, January 21:

HB 1400 – prohibiting law enforcement from using the scent of cannabis as probable cause for a search (Bouldin), public hearing January 21 @ 1:45pm.

A few other cannabis bills have not yet been scheduled for public hearings, including HB 1619, a bill that would add “moderate to severe migraine headaches” as a qualifying symptom for therapeutic cannabis. A different committee will consider that bill: the House Committee on Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs.

Finally, the legislature did not override Gov. Sununu’s veto of SB 38, a bill that would have allowed ATCs to reorganize as for-profit businesses. Prime ATC’s position was neutral on this bill, and we are happy to continue operating on a not-for-profit basis at this time.

We hope you appreciated this update on the state legislature! We will continue to keep you informed in our next legislative update as the action continues.

December Sale Begins!

At Prime ATC, we understand that 2021 has been a difficult year for many patients and their families. We want to help end the year on a positive note by offering a great December sale to make therapeutic cannabis products more affordable during the holidays. So here are the details:

Flower: Cake Face flower is 20% off from now until the end of the year.

Edibles: Autumn spice fruit chews and trail mix are 20% off from now until December 24.

Concentrates: Budder, diamonds, rosin, and shatter are 20% off from now until December 24.

Pre-rolls: From December 22 to December 31, we will be running a sale on .7g pre-rolls. Six strains will be available for $1.50 off (singles) or $12 off (multi-packs). See below for the list of options that will be available.

December sales flyer with details. Pre-roll strains are Cake Face, G4 x Astrodawg, Lemon Grab, Lilac Sour Diesel x GMO Cookie, Panama x Colombian Gold, and Planet of the Grapes

These December sale items will only be available while supplies last. Visit our menu now if you’d like to place an order!

Compassionate Care patients will receive 30% off on-sale concentrates, edibles, and flower, and an additional 10% off on-sale pre-rolls. Please note that this sale may not be combined with other discounts or loyalty points redemptions.

Toy Drive Reminder!

This is the final week of our holiday toy drive. Thanks to all who have donated so far! If you have not donated yet, all you have to do is bring an unwrapped toy to either of our dispensary locations by Saturday, December 18.

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.

Photo of holiday drive boxes on display at our dispensary in Chichester
Toy Drive boxes on display at our Chichester dispensary
Holiday Hours!

As a reminder, 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!

Oversight Board Listens to Patients

Last week, the Therapeutic Cannabis Medical Oversight Board (TCMOB) spent two hours listening to patients’ perspectives on the program. Thanks to all who spoke at the meeting, both in-person and via Zoom!

photo of Rep. Jerry Knirk introducing listening session for oversight board
Rep. Jerry Knirk introduces the session via Zoom as patient representative Heather Marie Brown prepares to facilitate.

This was a great learning experience for all who attended and observed. Ray Duckler wrote a column on the listening session for the Concord Monitor, and Zach Huffman published an article at Grownin.com. Both articles featured comments from Prime ATC’s Matt Simon in support of allowing home cultivation (a policy change requested by several patients).

“[I]t should never be a crime for patients who try to take care of their medical needs.”

Prime ATC’s Matt simon, quoted in the Concord Monitor

Several Prime ATC staff observed the meeting, and we greatly appreciated the opportunity to hear feedback from patients. We are constantly trying to improve our products and services and make them more affordable, and we understand that patients are relying on us to serve their therapeutic cannabis needs.

If you were not able to speak at the listening session, you can share your thoughts with the oversight board via email: dhhs.mobtcp@dhhs.nh.gov.

Many thanks to the oversight board for scheduling this session and listening to patients!

‘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!

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!

New Sativas Available!

For patients who have asked for more sativa flower options, we are pleased to announce that we have added two new sativas to our menus. These tall, rangy plants take longer to grow than their shorter indica or hybrid counterparts, but they can be worth the extra time and effort. Our only concern is that if we keep growing plants this tall, we might need to hire some extra tall staff members to care for them!

photo of Prime staff member being dwarfed by tall sativa plants
Klaus Poltilla, Prime’s director of operations, is not a short person – the plants behind him are just very tall!

The plants in the background above are a classic sativa cross: Panama x Colombian Gold. As the colas continued to expand, the stalks could barely support them, even with assistance.

photo of plants nearly falling over because the flowers are so heavy
This “Leaning Tower of Cannabis” is comprised of Panama x Colombian Gold plants that became too heavy for their stalks to support
Meet the New Flowers!

In addition to Panama x Colombian Gold, we are pleased to introduce another classic sativa cross: Golden Thai. This flower is available in 3.5g and 1g sizes and in single pre-rolls.

photo of Golden Thai flower, trimmed
Golden Thai (Gold King Thai x Double Colombian Gold x Panama Red x UK Cheese) flower, trimmed

The Panama x Colombian Gold came out looking good as well. However, since the buds were not as consistent as we might have liked, we decided to trim them and process them into pre-rolls.

photo of Panama x Columbian Gold flower, trimmed
Panama x Colombian Gold: available in single and multi-pack pre-rolls

In addition to these new sativas, we’ve also added a new hybrid flower called “Margolope.” We don’t quite know what to think of it yet, but it has an interesting smell and we believe it is worth a try!

photo of Margolope flower, trimmed
Margalope (Chocolope x Frozen Margie): available in 3.5g, 1g, single and multi-pack pre-rolls

As you can probably tell, we are very excited about the new flowers. And these are not the last new flowers we will be rolling out in 2021! Patients, we will be sure to tell you about new flower options when they arrive at the dispensaries. We look forward to hearing which ones you like best!

The Importance of Hand Trimming

At Prime, we take great pride in our hand trimming process. Most people understand that cannabis flower looks and feels better when it is trimmed by a skilled hand, but unfortunately, many companies try to reduce costs by relying on machines to perform this task rather than people. Not us! We believe patients deserve the best quality therapeutic cannabis, and that is why we take time to ensure that our flower is treated with the utmost care at every step in the process.

These freshly trimmed buds are our new Ghouls N Ghosts flower:

Tray of hand trimmed Ghouls N Ghosts cannabis flower
Ghouls N Ghosts flower, trimmed

The hand trimming process begins after the flower has been properly dried. The bud is covered with leaves, and these must be removed to uncover the flower.

photo of bud covered with leaves
Ghouls N Ghosts flower covered with leaves

Trimming away small leaves improves the smoking or vaping characteristics of the flower. It also leaves a beautiful final product. In this series of photos, Andrew Thayer’s steady hand helps to unleash the dark power of Prime’s new Halloween-friendly flower!

photo of Andrew Thayer trimming leaves
Andrew Thayer trims leaves from cannabis flower

The process is time consuming, but we think the results are absolutely worth the hard work!

photo of Andrew Thayer removing small leaves from cannabis flower
Andrew Thayer removes small leaves

As a result of our trimmers’ diligent work, patients who visit Prime’s dispensaries are able to obtain this photogenic flower covered with red hairs and trichomes (the small “crystals,” which are full of cannabinoids). Any bud which does not meet our aesthetic standards is processed into pre-rolls or extracted to produce cannabis-infused products. 

photo of finished Ghouls N Ghosts flower
Finished Ghouls N Ghosts flower

By the way, if you haven’t tried our Ghouls N Ghosts flower yet, you can find it on here on our menu!

Staff Spotlight: Chantal Roy!

Patients who enjoy Prime’s edible products should definitely know about Chantal Roy. This Granite State native is a top-notch baker and chocolatier, and she is responsible for producing many of the cannabis-infused products that appear on our menu.

Chantal’s journey to Prime’s kitchen began when she was a student at Goffstown High School and had the opportunity to take culinary classes at Manchester School of Technology (MST). She fell in love with baking and went on to earn her A.S. degree in baking and pastries from SNHU.

Photo of Chantal Roy working with melted chocolate to produce new edible products
Chantal works to perfect an exciting new chocolate product for the holiday season

While attending SNHU, Chantal discovered her love for confections during an internship with Van Otis Chocolates in Manchester. In the photo above, she is fine-tuning a new chocolate product that we will be releasing this holiday season. We’ll share more details on the new product in an upcoming blog post!

Chantal says she knows several patients who benefit from the therapeutic cannabis program, and this makes her job even more rewarding.

When she isn’t busy making edible products at Prime, Chantal enjoys paddleboarding with her dog and competing in archery competitions. We are very happy to have her as a member of the team!

graphic version of this staff spotlight for sharing on social media