Marijuana Cultivates Economic Opportunity for Pennsylvania Community – Marijuana.com (blog)
While the Keystone Sate prepares to germinate its new medical marijuana program, an underutilized section of an old manufacturing plant could soon be converted for the production of medicinal cannabis.
Potentially sparking some much-needed economic growth for the Pine Creek Township, located in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, a Colorado entrepreneur remains hopeful the state will fast-track his grower/processor application and allow the conversion of a vacated modular home facility into a state-sanctioned medical marijuana processing plant.
Broken down into ‘medical marijuana regions,’ the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) has allocated a specific number of permits for the legal operation of dispensaries, cultivation, and processing within six zones.
Out with the old, in with the new: Avis Modular Homes initially fell victim to the struggling economy in early 2012 when Colorado was contemplating the passage of Amendment 64. Assaulted by the extended nature of the not so Great Recession, the dilapidated modular home production facility ultimately failed and has since experienced a revolving door of unsuccessful business models. Motivated by the passage of Act 16, Christopher Woods, a Colorado businessman, has leased 41,000 ft.² of the 145,000-ft.² building for the express purpose of growing Pennsylvania’s recently legalized crop.
Woods signed a one-year lease with a contingency clause to convert the economically obsolete modular homes production facility after Gov. Tom Wolf signed SB 3 into law on April 17, 2016. The current owner, Lee Roberts, is optimistic Woods will be granted one of the two cultivation/processing permits allocated to region four.
According to PAHompage, Michael Flanagan of the Clinton County Economic Leadership is excited by the new opportunity.
“We’ve embraced it though, I mean, we have to look at the big picture though. Number one, jobs, but more importantly people are going to be helped by this.”
Stuck in limbo until mid-2017, when the state proposes addressing their backlog of applications, Christopher Woods formally filed his request with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to obtain his Medical Marijuana Grower/Processor Permit in January. Residents of Pennsylvania under a physician’s care for the treatment of ALS, Autism, Cancer, Crohn’s disease, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, HIV, Huntington’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, seizures, MS, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, and other serious medical condition are eligible to medicate with cannabis under Act 16.
Anyone with questions regarding Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program can obtain useful information by emailing their questions to [email protected].