LIMERICK >> One of the first legalized medical marijuana manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania could set up shop in the township, so long as state and local officials give the green light.

Resident Noel Billingsley, founder of Keystone Medical Cannabis LLC, stood before the Limerick Board of Supervisors Tuesday night to talk about his organization’s intention to obtain a medical marijuana growing and processing license from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and begin manufacturing products out of a facility, located at 880 Enterprise Drive.

The goal of the presentation was to begin to convince the community to support the application, which would increase the organization’s likelihood of obtaining the highly sought after state license. If successful, Keystone will become one of only a dozen businesses to grow and process medical marijuana oils, pills, tinctures and ointments statewide, in accordance with state law.

The products manufactured in the Limerick facility would be sold to patients with debilitating illnesses like epilepsy, cancer, post traumatic stress disorder, Parkinson’s disease, nausea and chronic pain.

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“What that means is we will not be producing a raw flower to be consumed like the recreational states,” said Billingsley. “The products manufactured in our facility are specific to medical patients that qualify in any one of the 17 conditions outlined in the rules and regulations from the department of health.”

Since medical marijuana was legalized last spring, competition has become fierce to be among the first organizations granted a license. Similar efforts are underway locally in Lower Pottsgrove and West Pottsgrove townships, as well as Bridgeport Borough. The legalized marijuana market is currently a $7.1 billion industry in the United States and is expected grow to over $26 billion over the next 10 years. Pennsylvania is one of 29 states that has a program regarding the sale of

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