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.
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.
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.
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.
We are excited to be raising funds for another great cause in January: Back In The Saddle Equine Therapy Center! Located in Hopkinton, this excellent organization provides therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities to adults and children living with disabilities. You can read more about their mission and history here on their website.
Throughout the month of January, Prime ATC will make a donation for every tincture sold. We will donate $1 for each 4ml tincture and $2 for each 12ml tincture.
Equine therapy is a form of alternative therapy that can be very beneficial for individuals living with physical or cognitive disabilities. Our donations will help Back In the Saddle succeed in its mission of making equine therapy available to more Granite Staters who could benefit. Horses are wonderful animals, but their upkeep is expensive and this limits the availability of equine therapy services. We are enthusiastic about supporting this cause, and we look forward to making a substantial donation at the end of January!
If you’d like to place an order for one of our tinctures to support this worthy cause, please visit our menu. Thanks, and Happy New Year from all our staff at Prime ATC!
Thanks to all who helped to make our second annual holiday toy drive a huge success! On Monday, Prime ATC’s David and Tanya Patton delivered a truckload of toys to Chaos and Kindness, which will distribute the toys to children in need. These donations are sure to put smiles on many children’s faces this holiday season!
We also collected $61 in cash donations and delivered the cash to Chaos and Kindness. They were very thankful and told us our contributions will make a big difference in the lives of many children who might otherwise not receive a toy for the holidays.
To show our appreciation for those who donated, we held a raffle at each dispensary location. The winners have already been selected and notified. Congratulations to the winners!
Of course, the real winners are the children who will be receiving these toys. Thanks again to all who donated, and happy holidays from all our staff at Prime ATC!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks to the oversight board for scheduling this session and listening to patients!
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!
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!
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!
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
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: email@example.com.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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:
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!
If you’d like to try Peter’s honey in a non-infused form, it is available at the following locations:
Great News: N.H.-registered patients and caregivers are now free to buy therapeutic cannabis from any dispensary in the state! Check out our blog for more details, and to learn about the promotion we are running to welcome new patients!