(HARRISBURG) – Two businesses in the 25th Senatorial District have been awarded medical marijuana grower/processor permits by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, according to Senator Joe Scarnati.
Scarnati, a supporter of medical marijuana, explained that last year Senator Mike Folmer spearheaded passage of the Medical Marijuana Act. This legislation was signed into law as Act 16 of 2016 and established a program for use of medical marijuana by patients with serious medical conditions. Under the law, patients can take the medicine by pill, oil, vapor, ointment or liquid, but not in a form that can be smoked.
“Today’s announcement of grower permits is a major step forward in developing Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana program, which has received overwhelming support,” Scarnati said. “I am pleased that we are moving ahead quickly in making medical marijuana available to those in need, in a safe and legal way.”
Two local businesses, Terrapin Investment Fund 1, LLC, in Jersey Shore, Clinton County, and Cresco Yeltrah, LLC, Brookville, Jefferson County, will be receiving permits. Across the state, a total of 12 firms are being awarded permits. The Department of Health received 457 applications, including 177 prospective grower/processors and 280 for dispensaries. Dispensary permits are expected to be announced later this month. In addition to providing needed medical treatment, the program is expected to create local processing and dispensing jobs.
“Medical cannabis has been proven to provide help for many suffering children and adults,” Scarnati stated. “We are now one step closer to allowing Pennsylvania patients to have access to this natural plant that could greatly improve their quality of life.”
Those with grower/processor permits will have six months to meet standards that show they are operational, after which they can begin growing.
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