The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced awardees of 27 dispensary permits throughout the state, including three in Philadelphia and nine in surrounding counties.
Permits in the immediate area include:
PharmaCann Penn, Restore Integrative Wellness Center and Holistic Pharma in Philly. Two dispensaries – Ilera Healthcare and TerraVida Holistic Centers – are heading to Montgomery County. Chester, Delaware, Bucks, Berks and Lancaster counties will each get one dispensary.
The permittees have six months to become operational. Each dispensary permit holder can open a total of three locations, though some have opted to not open all locations immediately.
“This has been a highly competitive process and the department received hundreds of quality applications,” said John Collins, director of the Office of Medical Marijuana.
“Once this program is fully operational, patients with serious medical conditions will have locations throughout the commonwealth where they can purchase medication to help in their treatment. We remain on track to provide medication to patients in 2018.”
State Rep. Chris Rabb, a Democrat representing Philadelphia, denounced one of the locations, arguing that granting a permit in East Mount Airy will only attract more crime.
“I have grave concerns that revolve around public safety issues related to a cash-only business that will be open 7 days per week with armed guards on a corridor not unfamiliar with violent crime,” he said in a statement.
“I recently closed my district office for the afternoon to go door to door with my entire staff to inform residents about this matter and my strong opposition to the proposed location of this dispensary despite my support of medical cannabis itself.”
The dispensary is question is TerraVida, which will be located at 8913 Stenton Ave. near Ivy Hill Cemetery and Crematory. In April, several residents complained during a public hearing that adding a dispensary would only fuel traffic, litter and parking concerns.
Conspicuously missing from the permit list was Snider Health, spearheaded by the relatives of former Flyers owner Ed Snider. His daughter, Lindy, was an early investor in the industry and has been vocal about joining the Pennsylvania market after already having business interests in other states.
She told NBC10 in the spring that she hoped to change people’s minds about medical cannabis and shape the nascent economy in her home state.
Published 2 hours ago | Updated 22 minutes ago