A company eyeing a coveted Pennsylvania license to dispense medical marijuana earned approval Monday night for its proposed facility in Bethlehem Township.

GuadCo LLC hopes to have a state permit in hand by month’s end for its Keystone Canna Remedies at 2467 Baglyos Circle, off Emrick Boulevard within Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VI  in the township.

Principal Victor Guadagnino Jr. said he anticipates opening during the first quarter of 2018. He’s partnering in the dispensary with his father, Dr. Victor Guadagnino Sr., a cardiologist, and aunt Joan Guadagnino, who run a nonprofit organization aiding people with the neurodegenerative disorder ataxia.

Bethlehem Township commissioners voted 3-0 to approve the dispensary under newly crafted township rules related to the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry. As a legal land use, medical marijuana dispensaries and grower/processor facilities must be permitted under township law.

Victor Guadagnino Jr. and attorney Gary Asteak detailed the dispensary plan during a public hearing before commissioners and worked to address concerns, including those aired by Maria Cintron about security on-site. She is the owner and operator of Bikram Yoga Lehigh Valley next door to what would be Keystone Canna Remedies and said 75 to 80 percent of her clients have said they are considering taking their business elsewhere because of the medical marijuana dispensary proposal.

“I’ve invested $300,000 in my facility to make it a place of health and well-being,” Cintron said.

The Guadignino family, who are from Brooklyn, N.Y., spoke with Cintron after Monday’s commissioners’ vote and continued trying to assure her. The family are the ones who are going to be staffing the 4,726-square-foot dispensary, Victor Guadagnino Jr. said. 

Securing a state permit for dispensing medical marijuana products requires meeting strict state standards on top of township requirements, covering seed-to-sale and site security as well as operations limited to 8

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