PurePenn details plans to be part of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana industry March 20, 2017 12:00 AM Lake Fong/Post-Gazette
PurePenn CEO Gabriel Perlow, left, along with Jordan Lams, center, CEO of Moxie Extracts, and Raymond Boyer, CFO of SDC Nutrition, discusses a McKeesport cannabis processing plant Wednesday. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette
Gabriel Perlow, CEO of PurePenn, left, and Jordan Lams, CEO of Moxie Extracts, gathered Wednesday to discuss how they plan to establish a cannabis processing plant in McKeesport. By David Templeton / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The seed is planted, the state’s medical marijuana industry soon will sprout, and if all goes well for McKeesport, PurePenn LLC will grow into solid stalk for the upstart industry.

Plant metaphors aside, owners of Downtown-based PurePenn said their team has expertise, among other important advantages, in the medical marijuana business in other states.

They also said they have access to a genetic library of hundreds of cannabis strains to produce high-quality, pharmaceutical-grade cannabis-oil products. They also have plans to help other processing and distribution facilities statewide, once permits are awarded by the state Department of Health. Awarding permits for 12 processing and distribution facilities and up to 27 dispensaries likely won’t occur until late June, at the earliest, state officials said.

PurePenn officials said state regulations are among the best in the nation, based on rules for production, distribution and sales, all with a

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