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Medical marijuana: Potential dispensary reserves site in Steelton

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A medical marijuana organization has secured property in Dauphin County where it hopes to open a dispensary once it wins state approval.

The organization put down money to hold a rental property in Steelton, pending state approval of its dispensary license, according to Bennett Williams Commercial real estate broker and consultant Beau Brown.

The organization asked to remain anonymous, according to Brown, who declined to name it.

The building in Steelton is a standalone structure that is unoccupied and zoned for commercial use, Brown said.

Steelton Borough Council recently passed an ordinance that allows medical marijuana businesses to open in the borough.

“They need economic attention. It’s a brilliant move for Steelton,” Brown said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is opening the application process for dispensaries on Jan. 17. At that time applicants must be able to show they have secured a location that meets state regulations.

Competition for dispensary licenses will be stiff. The department recently announced it is only opening about half of the permits allowed by law at this time. The department has not confirmed when it will open a second phase of licensing.

State regulators will grant licenses based on patient demand, industry interest and medical data in each region, according to the state’s medical marijuana director John Collins.

Dauphin County is slated to receive one dispensary license, Collins said.

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Lenay Ruhl

Lenay Ruhl

Lenay Ruhl covers Lancaster County, health care and agribusiness. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at lenayr@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @lenay_ruhl.

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