These days, pot simply doesn’t create the buzz it once did.
That’s certainly been the case in Chichester, which will soon be home to the state’s sixth therapeutic cannabis dispensary, at 349 Dover Road, on or around April 1.
The new center fills a gap in the Concord region, created by the distances of the other five dispensaries: Merrimack, Plymouth, Conway, Dover and Lebanon.
Slowly, as the evidence of the medical benefits from using pot has been accepted, laws have been loosened over the past decade, as cannabis continues its march across mainstream America.
In Chichester, nary a peep came from residents during several remote public meetings recently with the members of the Select Board and Planning Board.
The key players involved – the Department of Health and Human Services’ Therapeutic Cannabis Program, and Prime Alternative Treatment Center NH – joined town officials to answer questions about the use of a drug that once was viewed as an enemy of society.
Now it’s legal in 15 states, including Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts.
“There was no resistance to it at all,” said Kristy Willey, Chichester’s administrative assistant to the town administrator and selectmen. “I expected at least a little bit, but