Antrim Township mulls medical marijuana industry regulations – Herald-Mail Media
Antrim Township officials are content letting the state handle regulation of the medical-marijuana industry after it was legalized by the Pennsylvania legislature last year.
Antrim Township, one of Pennsylvania’s fastest-growing areas, is currently considering amendments to its code of ordinances, and Zoning Officer Sylvia House wondered whether the board of supervisors wanted to consider any changes or additions in light of the legalization.
Pennsylvania became the 24th state to offer medical marijuana a year ago. Patients must apply for a medical-marijuana identification card and get a prescription from a registered doctor.
Privately grown marijuana is not allowed under the law. The commonwealth is in the process of licensing up to 25 growers and processors, who will be required to operate under close supervision of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
In addition, the state will license up to 50 dispensaries, each of which can operate up to three locations. Officials don’t expect the state’s Medical Marijuana Program to be in operation until 2018.
A marijuana-growing and -processing company has plans to develop greenhouses at a site in the Wharf Road Industrial Park in the Zullinger area of Washington Township.
A medical-marijuana dispensary has been proposed in Chambersburg, along Wayne Avenue.
House checked with how those municipalities are dealing with the potential businesses, and neither changed or added any regulations.
“A resident had brought to our attention some concern that they had regarding medical marijuana,” House said. “They felt that it needed to be listed in our ordinance specifically to say where it could go and how it could go there.
“I personally felt that it was already provided for in our ordinances, either through agricultural distribution or manufacturing,” she said.