Ball's in Pa.'s court on medical marijuana applications – The Reporter
ASTON >> Spring has sprung, and the green has only begun.
Open enrollment for medical marijuana applications for dispensaries and grow houses came to a close Monday, thus ending the filing time for the first round of permits.
In Delaware County, three applications were made public during the open enrollment — two manufacturing facilities in Aston and a dispensary in Sharon Hill. Submitting the applications required non-refundable application fees, permit fees, and proof of capital, and then the blessing of the local governing body.
In all cases, municipalities welcomed the applicants after questioning the safety and conduct of the ownership companies, a process of due diligence in finding responsible tenders in the burgeoning medical cannabis business in Pennsylvania.
In Sharon Hill, Mayor Harry Dunfee was proud to have his borough publicly support this new medical offering in the county.
“I’ve always been of the mindset that trailblazers are what we need,” Dunfee said to the Delaware County News Network. “If one person doesn’t take the chance then it doesn’t happen.
“In a way I feel honored that (council) felt that it would be a place that maybe could handle something like this … (And) why not? It has to start somewhere, and if it starts here and it’s a good thing then we spearheaded it and got the jump on it.”
Dr. Howell Strauss, a Sharon Hill resident and oral surgeon, submitted an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Health in hopes of opening a dispensary at 1300 Chester Pike, the current site of the Sharon Hill Rollers Club.
The motion was approved 5-1 by borough council on March 9.
In Aston, not one but two facilities for the growing and processing of medical cannabis were proposed this year.
Last Wednesday, in a 6-1 vote, Penn’s Greens LLC was