Erie County Council has passed a simlar resolution in support of Calypso Enterprises LLC’s plan to apply to state officials to operate a medical marijuana manufacturing facility.

By Kevin Flowers [email protected]

Erie City Council could be poised to publicly support a proposal to bring a medical marijuana facility to the city. 

A resolution on Council’s Wednesday meeting agenda advocates council support of Calypso Enterprises LLC intention to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Health for a permit to operate the facility. 

Erie County Council passed a similar resolution at its Feb. 21 meeting. 

The business is proposed for the SB3 Industrial Park at 1540 East Lake Road. Calypso, owned by local businessman Samuel “Pat” Black III, plans to grow and process medical marijuana at the facility before it is shipped to a dispensary. 

Separate permits are required for manufacturing and dispensing the product. Calypso only intends to manufacture marijuana, and is seeking resolutions of support from local governing bodies to assist with its application to the state. 

Councilman Bob E. Merski said he will vote in favor of the resolution on Wednesday.

“Medical marijuana is now legal in Pennsylvania, and now we have the opportunity to create jobs in the city,” Merski said. 

Growing, processing and dispensing medical marijuana became legal in 2016. The state began accepting completed applications on Feb. 20 and will do so through March 20. 

A limited number of permits are being issued for six regions throughout Pennsylvania. Two grower/processor permits and two dispensary permits will be issued for the northwest region, which includes Erie and surrounding counties.

A single dispensary permit can be used for multiple locations. 

City Council meets Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the Bagnoni Council Chambers at City Hall, 626 State St. 

Kevin Flowers can be reached at 870-1693 or by email.

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