Seminar to focus on Pa. medical marijuana legislation – Allentown Morning Call
LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP — Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of the Lehigh Valley will hold a seminar later this month on medical marijuana, a timely topic as communities vie for the few available spots where dispensaries that carry the product will be permitted to be built.
“Commercial Real Estate Meets Medical Marijuana” is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at Brookside Country Club, 901 Willow Lane in Lower Macungie Township.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation one year ago Monday that legalized medical marijuana, and the law mandates that municipalities provide zoning for grower-processor and dispensary facilities with the goal of patient access to prescriptions by 2018.
The Lehigh Valley could end up with as many as two grower-processors and up to eight dispensaries, although only two of the dispensaries could be based in the region. Each dispensary license allows for three locations, two of which must be in other counties.
Dispensaries would only be allowed to provide medical marijuana in the form of liquid, oils, pills, ointments or creams to patients with one of 17 specific medical conditions named in the law.
Attorney Julie Macomb, of the Allentown office of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, said speakers will explore real estate issues related to the new industry. Topics to be covered include zoning, banking and tax matters. Attendees will hear a general introduction on the law and the permitting process, she said, with one panelist speaking about dispensary facilities — how they will be built and other aspects of the properties.
Besides Macomb, other panelists are: Susan Youngs, vice president of commercial banking, Wells Fargo; Lisa Pektor, president of PennCap Properties; Denise Hozza, a certified public accountant with Concannon Miller & Co.; and Becky Bradley, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.
Cost is $35