Allegheny County company receives medical marijuana permit

Francis Osborne
June 21, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced the first 12 recipients of coveted grower and processor permits Tuesday afternoon, and Lehigh Valley applicants were shut out.

The two other companies given permits Tuesday are Terrapin Investment Fund 1 LLC which plans a facility in Pine Creek Township, near Avis, in Clinton County and GTI Pennsylvania LLC which has plans for a facility in Danville, Montour County.

He estimated that based on Pennsylvania's population, as many as 120,000 patients could qualify to use medical marijuana.

The Hall of Fame outside linebacker sees medical cannabis as a key pain management alternative to opioids and prescription drugs.

The medical marijuana office received 457 total applications: 177 for growers/processors and 280 for dispensaries. Next week, 27 dispensaries will be announced - with four expected to be named in the Susquehanna Valley. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery County, one of the leading proponents of medical marijuana in the Legislature.

"The 12 permittees will have six months to become operational", Collins said.

Among other provisions, the bill grandfathers in seven existing providers, renames them "medical marijuana treatment centers" (MMTCs) and requires the Department to license 10 new providers by October.

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"Today, to ensure compliance with our constitutional duties, the department published proposed rules for the implementation of Amendment 2, which was approved by 71 percent of Florida voters in 2016", Department of Health spokeswoman Mara Gambineri said in an email Friday.

Gabe Perlow, chief executive of PurePenn LLC of McKeesport, which got a permit, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that state officials "recognized PurePenn's business sense and equally strong mission to bring the highest-quality products to patients".

"It's nearly surreal. Sometimes I thought this day would never come", said Leach.

Gambineri said the department is crafting rules to comply with SB 8-A, "which provides a framework for patients to access marijuana safely".

"There were many days when it seemed like this day would never come", Leach said.

The state's medical marijuana law was enacted a year ago.

Salemme's son has epilepsy. 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. Collins said DOH hasn't determined a timeline for phase two of the program's rollout.

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