Pennsylvania picks medical marijuana program dispensaries

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Medical marijuana patients will be able to obtain the drug from 52 locations that have just been issued permits by the Pennsylvania government.

The Health Department on Thursday disclosed the 27 entities that can each operate three locations, although some are opting not to run three sites.

Counties in which the permits were issued include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery (2), Northampton, and Philadelphia (3).

"This has been a highly competitive process and the department received hundreds of quality applications," said John Collins, the 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."

  • SMPB Retail will operate Harvest of Reading at 2710 North Fifth Street Highway in Muhlenberg Township, Berks County.
  • Franklin Bioscience - Penn LLC will operate two dispensaries -- Bristol Dispensary at 2412-2414 Durham Road in Bristol, Bucks County, and Reading DIspensary at 3225 North Fifth Street Highway in Muhlenberg Township, Berks County.
  • Chamounix Ventures LLC will operate Keystone Dispensaries at 420 West Lancaster Avenue in Devon, Chester County; 622 Industrial Park Drive, B, in Yeadon, Delaware County; and 120 Hansen Access Road in King of Prussia, Montgomery County.
  • Bay LLC will operate Cure Pennsylvania at 1890 Fruitville Pike in Lancaster; 475 Pennsylvania Avenue in Fort Washington, Montgomery County; and 500 Kimberton Road in Phoenixville, Chester County.
  • Mission Pennsylvania II LLC will operate a dispensary at 2733 West Emmaus Avenue in Allentown.
  • TerraVida Holistic Centers LLC will operate dispensaries at 1626 Old York Road in Abington, Montgomery County; 64 North Main Street in Sellersville, Bucks County; and 8319-8325 Stenton Avenue in Philadelphia.
  • GuadCo LLC will operate Keystone Canna Remedies at 1309 Stefko Boulevard in Bethlehem.

The Pennsylvania medical marijuana law allows people who suffer from a list of conditions to obtain the drug in pill, vapor, ointment or liquid form.

The state expects patients and caregivers to be able to register in September.

The program is projected to be up and running sometime next year.

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