Pennsylvania Department of Health officials announced 12 medical marijuana grower permits were issued Tuesday, but neither of the two companies picked to operate in southeastern Pennsylvania are based in Bucks or Montgomery counties.
Winners in the other regions are Pennsylvania Medical Solutions LLC and Standard Farms LLC in the Northeast; Ilera Healthcare LLC and AES Compassionate Care LLC in the Southcentral; Terrapin Investment Fund 1 LLC and GTI Pennsylvania LLC in the Northcentral; Agrimed Industries of PA LLC and PurePenn LLC in the Southwest; and Holistic Farms LLC and Cresco Yeltrah LLC in the Northeast.
The two were among 12 total permits awarded statewide as Pennsylvania becomes the latest state to implement medical marijuana regulations.
"With today's announcement, we remain on track to fulfill the Wolf Administration's commitment to deliver medical marijuana to patients in 2018", said John Collins, director of the state's Office of Medical Marijuana, during a press conference in Harrisburg.
Salemme's son has epilepsy. The company plans to locate a 50,000-square-foot medical marijuana growing facility in an "underutilized industrial building" in Danville, the company's CEO Pete Kadens said Tuesday afternoon.
There were 177 applications for those permits, and those rejected are getting notices mailed to them, with forms to process an appeal should any wish to do so. However, that state doesn't allow medical marijuana for chronic pain and Pennsylvania does. Collins declined to specify when next year the state plans to have medical marijuana available for patients.
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"It's nearly surreal. Sometimes I thought this day would never come", said Leach.
The full list of 27 dispensaries awarded permits will be released later this month, Collins said. But the constitutional amendment approved in November could make marijuana available to hundreds of thousands of patients - and make Florida one of the largest cannabis markets in the country. "We don't want the program stalled".
Franklin Labs LLC has plans to operate its grow facility out of a former Pepsi distribution center on Centre Avenue in Reading that closed a year ago.
Medical marijuana is not supported by all Pennsylvania lawmakers.
Marijuana should not bypass the U.S. process for drug approvals for medical use. That process has been carefully constructed over the past century to protect patient health and safety. "This is unwise not only for "medical" marijuana users but it sets a risky precedent for other "medicines" seeking to bypass the standard of proven safety and efficacy".