PLYMOUTH, N.H. —
In the nearly two years since medical marijuana dispensaries first opened in New Hampshire, the program has grown significantly, and the list of qualifying conditions is expanding.
Kaylee Huckins, 43, said she has had to deal with intense pain from bladder disease. She tried standard medications, but nothing seemed to work, and there’s no cure.
“Nobody had any answers,” she said. “It was like, ‘Well, we’re at the end of the road. So I guess you’re going to have to go to the ER when you’re hurting.'”
After the New Hampshire Legislature passed medical marijuana and four dispensaries opened in 2016, Huckins had a conversation with her doctor. She said she had never tried cannabis before.
“Everybody has that stigma around it, but for me, it is completely life-changing, and I have quality of life back,” she said. “The pain is completely decreased to a level that I can somewhat function.”
Since her first visit to medical marijuana dispensary Sanctuary ATC, she said she hasn’t had to deal with emergency room visits or medications. She said her treatment has also helped her anxiety and insomnia.
“I have about three cookies every night, and now my body is allowing itself to get about four to six hours of sleep, and I would go days without sleep before,” she said.
Dr. David Syrek, medical director for Sanctuary ATC, said the dispensary helps patients develop a treatment plan that works for them.
“Our motto is start low, go slow for everyone, and we take that very seriously,” he said.
Sanctuary ATC started with about 30 patients on opening day almost two years ago, Syrek said. Now, it sees more than 1,300. Syrek said staff members work one-on-one to educate and