Pennsylvania announces first round of medical marijuana permits
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 2:50
Pennsylvania Medical Solutions LLC, a company based in Minnesota, was awarded a permit to turn a warehouse into a medical marijuana growing and processing site.
One dispensary permit has been allotted for Lancaster County, and two grower-processor permits will be awarded in the eight-county region.
The full list of 27 dispensaries awarded permits will be released later this month, Collins said. The plants will be grown in a secure location, he said, and not in an open field.
Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, a main sponsor of the medical marijuana law enacted in April 2016.
The Health Department named the entities scattered across the state that were selected from 177 applicants.
When completed, state officials said it will offer medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a physician's care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by Act 16.
But it did have an extensive scoring process and, in the interests of transparency, the "scorecards" for each application are to be posted on the department web site shortly, Collins said.
He estimated that based on Pennsylvania's population, as many as 120,000 patients could qualify to use medical marijuana. In northwest Pennsylvania, Hollistic Farms LLC of Lawrence County and Cresco Yeltrah LLC of Jefferson County are the permittees.
The winners of the grow permits have six months to "become operational".
Kadens said that in IL, there are about 22,000 patients approved to use medical marijuana.
A timeline released by the Department of Health shows that patients should be able to start registering with the Department of Health in September and that medical marijuana cards for patients will be issued, beginning in November.
He just wants medical marijuana rolled out safely and efficiently. In other states, including NY, medical marijuana programs have been slowed by legal disputes brought by businesses that failed to get permits to grow or sell the drug, Salemme said.
"This was a huge day for patients and for the people of Pennsylvania", said state Sen.
There was not much information available on Prime Wellness, but the Frankliin labs web site indicates they already have an operation in New Jersey which produces almost 70 percent of all medical cannabis in that state.