Pennsylvania now has an estimated time of arrival for its next big medical marijuana news, and it’s late June.

According to a Friday news release from the Department of Health, that’s when it will issue permits for grower-processors and dispensaries.

After that, Secretary of Health Karen Murphy said, the department anticipates being able to release information on who applied and for which region or county.

“We know that the number one question on everyone’s mind is who applied for a permit and where are they looking to place a facility,” Murphy said. “It’s important that we take this time to ensure that we are conducting every part of this intake and review process carefully, and according to our regulatory requirements. Once that is completed, we will be able to release the number of applications that were received.”

The department announced in December that Lancaster was one of the 23 counties where it will offer a dispensary permit, and that two of the 12 grower-processor permits statewide will be in an eight-county region including Lancaster. It accepted applications from Feb. 20 to March 20.

Pennsylvania authorized a medical marijuana program last spring, and the department says it’s expected to be fully implemented by 2018.

It will offer certain forms of medical marijuana to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a physician’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition as defined by Act 16.

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