Medical-marijuana dispensary proposed in Chambersburg – Herald-Mail Media
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A York, Pa., company seeking to open a medical-marijuana dispensary in Chambersburg will pitch the idea to the public next week.
Representatives from Viridis Medicine LLC are scheduled to present information Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Eugene C. Clarke Community Center at 235 S. Third St. in Chambersburg.
The company is seeking to operate one of the first medical-marijuana dispensaries legalized by Pennsylvania’s Act 16 of 2016. The law allows for up to 50 dispensaries across the state.
Viridis Medicine also is applying for a grower/processor permit for a site on U.S. 30 in York County, Pa.
The act places further limits on how many companies can be awarded both a grower/processor permit and a dispensary permit, meaning Viridis Medicine wants to be one of up to five double permit-holders.
Medical marijuana in pill, gel, oil and similar forms, but not smokable, is approved for 17 conditions in Pennsylvania.
Residents with conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or cancer, as certified by a doctor, can be issued identification cards to visit dispensaries such as the one proposed in Chambersburg.
Officials said the products can’t be transported for adults’ use across state lines because medical marijuana hasn’t been legalized on the federal level.
Daniel Kearns of Viridis Medicine said the business is negotiating a lease for a property in Chambersburg, but declined to release the address until the lease is signed.
“We sought out Chambersburg because Franklin County is not (what the state considers a) primary county in the south-central zone, but it’s a community that both needs and wants medical marijuana for the many patients with qualifying conditions,” Kearns said in an email.
Kearns said he spoke with Chambersburg Mayor Darren Brown about the population density of war veterans and retirees in the county.
Kearns said he also has been in contact with Summit Health about the process by which doctors would certify patients for medical cards.
“The town-hall meeting is partially about educating the community about Act 16 and the timeline of the implementation of the medical-marijuana program, and partially about introducing ourselves to the community,” Kearns said, noting residents’ advocating for a dispensary could sway the state’s decision-makers.
Applications from grower/processors and dispensaries will be accepted by the Pennsylvania Department of Health from Feb. 20 to March 20, according to the agency’s website.
Among them is expected to be a grower/processor application from a company named SusqueCanna Pharma. The business is eyeing the Wharf Road Industrial Park in Zullinger, Pa., as a place to develop greenhouses and employ 50 workers.
Viridis Medicine LLC’s grower/processor application is for a nearly 50,000-square-foot location at 6287 Lincoln Highway in Hellam Township, the York (Pa.) Dispatch reported.
Viridis plans on having 15 employees working at the $6 million facility, which would include motion detectors, guards on site and about 300 security cameras, the newspaper said.