The Pennsylvania Department of Health unveiled the names of 12 groups that won grower-processor permits for the state’s medical marijuana program, which is slated to debut early next year. They were selected from a pool of more than 500 applicants.

The winners have six months to get their operations off the ground.

They include Prime Wellness of Pennsylvania, LLC and Franklin Labs, LLC, both of which are located in Berks County. A growing and processing facility was not approved for Philadelphia County.

Council members Derek Green and Bobby Henon issued statements on “the failure” of Pennsylvania to issue grower-processor medical marijuana licenses to any Philadelphia-based applicant.

“Considering that medical marijuana is projected to be a multi-billion dollar industry in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia should not have been left out of this initial opportunity to develop jobs and grow local and diverse companies,” Green said.

Henon added that “grower-processor facilities provide family-sustaining manufacturing jobs.”

“The decision of the Commonwealth not to authorize a single license opportunity in the City of Philadelphia demonstrates a serious lack of commitment by Harrisburg to provide opportunities to Philadelphia families and Philadelphia businesses,” he said.

The health department also announced that 271 safe harbor applications have already been approved. This applies to the parents and guardians of minors who require medical marijuana to treat certain conditions, such as cancer and epilepsy.

“It’s hard to believe this day has finally arrived,” said State Sen. Daylin Leach, a Democrat who represents Montgomery County and co-sponsored the bill that put medical marijuana on the map in Pennsylvania. “This is a great day for many patients.”

A physician registry will go online in July with regulations for patients and caregivers published in September.

A complete list of dispensaries will be unveiled later this month. Twenty-seven permits will be issued.

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