Health Department getting started on medical marijuana rulemaking

Pennsylvania Department of Health  TwitterThis map shows the locations of the 12 initial winners of permits to grow medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of Health TwitterThis map shows the locations of the 12 initial winners of permits to grow medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's Department of Health named Tuesday the state's first recipients of medical marijuana permits.

The 12 growers will have six months to meet standards that demonstrate they are operational, after which the state will give them permission to begin growing.

One of the grower-processor applicants, Leola Group M3C Agriculture, wants to locate in Lancaster County, and LNP has previously reported that its plans center in Eagle Industrial Park in Upper Leacock Township.

The recipients will be allowed to grow and then offer medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Daylin Leach, a Democrat who represents Montgomery County and co-sponsored the bill that put medical marijuana on the map in Pennsylvania.

"Operational" has yet to be defined by state guidelines. The next phase, according to Schain, of Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Program regards "Clininical Registrants" in which grow/processor and dispensary licensure will be awarded to eight applicants, which, if able to satisfy requirements including demonstrating $15 million in capital, will be authorized to open up to six dispensary locations.

Regulations require the growing to be indoors in an enclosed facility.

Collins said he expects each grower/processor to create between 40 and 60 jobs. "Along with that, we are eager to help revitalize our chosen host city of McKeesport by providing new opportunity for a hard-working, skilled-labor force in the historic steel community".

Dispensary permits will be announced later this month, he said.

The medical marijuana office received 457 total applications: 177 for growers/processors and 280 for dispensaries. A seed-to sale electronic tracking system should follow in November.

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