Medical marijuana dispensary eyes Penn Twp. spot – PennLive.com
NEW SUPERVISOR — Penn Twp. supervisors appointed Pam Huss to fill the vacant seat on their board for the rest of this year. The seat was vacant after Brian Maguire’s resignation in January.Jim T. Ryan photo
By Jim T. Ryan
The Penn Twp. supervisors on Feb. 28 approved a letter of support for a company that is proposing to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the township if the company is approved for a license from the state.
The action came toward the end of the meeting after Chairman Brian Peters said the township had been contacted by the dispensary company called Solace, which inquired about whether such a business would be allowed in a commercial zone on Routes 11/15.
The support is the second such approval the supervisors have given to a medical cannabis proposal since December, when they also gave support to PA Options for Wellness, a company of local pharmaceutical and financial executives who are proposing a cannabis grow and processing facility at the business campus on New Bloomfield Road. If it receives a license, the facility would employ as many as 80 people to manufacture oils and other pharmaceutical-grade cannabis products.
The dispensary proposed for Routes 11/15 would employ up to 20 people in a secure shop to distribute such products, Peters said. He recently had a conversation with company representatives. The shop would include a security entrance that requires prescriptions, background checks and other physical security measures before a patient is admitted. It’s proposed hours of operation would be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., he said.
The state law passed last year makes pharmaceutical cannabis products available to patients suffering from severe and chronic diseases, such as seizures, post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV/AIDS and cancer with a doctor’s prescription. The law does not permit marijuana