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Bethlehem Township Commissioners approve plan for medical marijuana dispensary

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. - Medical marijuana is now a step closer to being available to approved patients in Bethlehem Township.

The Bethlehem Township Board of Commissioners approved at its June 5 meeting a conditional use and conditional site plan by Quadco LLC to open a medical marijuana dispensary.

Members of the Guadagnino family, who own a medical facility in Brooklyn, N.Y., filed the application to open the dispensary.

The Pennsylvania Legislature recently passed legislation legalizing the use of medical marijuana. Many townships across the state have passed zoning ordinances allowing for medical marijuana facilities.

The dispensary would be located at 2467 Baglyos Circle, at the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VI.

Patients who have obtained a medical marijuana I.D. card and a prescription from registered physicians would be able to purchase the product at the dispensary.

Patients would need to schedule an appointment before going to the dispensary for the first time. Any further visits would be walk-ins.

The medical marijuana would be available as a pill and a topical cream, among other forms. It would not be available in a smokeable form.

The products are packaged and labeled, and would enter the building through a secure entrance in the back. The products would then be taken into a vault inside.

The building would contain access-controlled doors, and video cameras would monitor the building 24/7.

No schools and daycare facilities exist within 1,000 feet of the building and the dispensary would not provide drive-through service or outdoor seating areas.

The resolution passed despite some concerns from members of the audience about the dispensary being near a residential project being built.

No law or ordinance forbids dispensaries from being built near residential areas.

Maria Cintron, the owner of a yoga studio nearby, said that many of her customers are saying they will “take their business elsewhere” if the dispensary is approved.

Quadco LLC will now seek approval from the state, which issues dispensary permits.

In other business, The Board approved 5-0 the issuance of a $5 million general obligation note to fund various town projects, such as the Brodhead Road Rehabilitation Project, and the purchase of public safety and fire rescue equipment.

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