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Group hopes to open medical marijuana dispensary in Berks

VIDEO: Medical marijuana dispensary

LOWER HEIDELBERG TWP., Pa. - One day, there could be a medical marijuana dispensary in the 4600 block of Penn Avenue in Lower Heidelberg Township. The group. KeystoneGreenMMJ. is waiting on word from the state.

Inside the building on Friday were many advocates of medical cannabis, including a pair of notable faces with familiar ties, like former Philadelphia Flyers player Riley Cote.

"For me to be here today and support something like this and be a part of it seems like a no-brainer," Cote said.

Cote and his wife are advocates, touting medical marijuana's abilities to treat ailments.

"I don't care if we're the first or not, but we just want to help and just establish ourselves," he said.

Charlie Adams is a former Denver Broncos receiver and grew up just an hour away from Berks County. He has made Denver his home and said he's a medical marijuana user.

"It's something that hopefully we can replicate what we're doing here all over the country and helping athletes and everyone kind of come together and get their issues handled," Adams said.

It all depends on whether the group gets a license. Officials said there are dozens of applicants, but only 10 in the region will be approved.

"We felt we needed to put all of our effort into putting forward the best application that we possibly could and let the competition do what they will," said Erica McBride of KeystoneGreenMMJ.

The process is grueling and expensive. Every group that applies needs to pay a $5,000 non-refundable application fee. Approved groups will need to put down another $30,000, plus have $150,000 in the bank.

Officials with KeystoneGreenMMJ said they are optimistic.

"Have faith that the team we built is competent and that the merits of our application on its own will win the day," McBride said.

Officials said medical cannabis there would be dispensed in the form of oils, patches and suppositories, but not in smokable form.

69 News did speak with the manager of the business next door, who said he doesn't have any issue if in fact the dispensary comes there.

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