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Medical marijuana dispensaries named, include midstate sites

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Pennsylvania health officials have released the names of 27 companies awarded medical marijuana dispensary licenses, and midstate counties are strongly represented.

When Pennsylvania's first recipients of medical marijuana grower/processor licenses were announced Tuesday, most were in rural areas or small communities away from major cities, with no successful applicants in Dauphin, Cumberland, Lebanon, York or Lancaster counties.

The dispensary list is a different story, with Lancaster, Cumberland, Dauphin and York all represented.

Each of the 27 dispensary permit holders is eligible to open a total of three locations in multiple counties.

Not all dispensary permit holders have opted to open all eligible locations at this time, state officials said.

The midstate recipients are:

Lancaster County (Region 1)

BAY, LLC., operating as Cure Pennsylvania

Primary dispensary: 1890 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster.

Second Dispensary: 475 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Washington, Montgomery County

Third Dispensary: 500 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville, Chester County

Cumberland County (Region 3)

Organic Remedies, Inc.

Primary Dispensary: 4425 Valley Road, Enola

Second Dispensary: 600 Wayne Avenue, Chambersburg, Franklin County

Dauphin County (Region 3)

KW Ventures Holdings LLC, operating as Firefly Dispensaries

Primary Dispensary: 801 South Front St., Steelton

Second Dispensary: 1737 Lincoln Way E., Chambersburg, Franklin County

Third Dispensary: 872 Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle, Cumberland County

York County (Region 3)

Cansortium Pennsylvania LLC, operating as Knox Medical

Primary Dispensary: Frederick Street, Hanover

Blair County (Region 3)

Lebanon Wellness Center LLC

Primary Dispensary: 514 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona

Second Dispensary: 847 Cumberland St., Lebanon, Lebanon County

Third Dispensary: 19 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, Adams County

Next steps

The permit holders will now have six months in which to become operational, before they can begin dispensing medical marijuana, state officials said.

The state's Office of Medical Marijuana received 457 applications: 177 for growers and processors; and 280 for dispensaries.

State law allows the Pennsylvania Department of Health to grant up to 25 licenses for growers and processors and 50 licenses for dispensaries, but the amounts were cut in half for what the department is calling phase one of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program, which is supposed to be in operation by next year.

"This has been a highly competitive process and the department received hundreds of quality applications," said John Collins, Director of the Office of Medical Marijuana. "Once this program is fully operational, patients with serious medical conditions will have locations throughout the commonwealth where they can purchase medication to help in their treatment. We remain on track to provide medication to patients in 2018."

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Roger DuPuis covers Cumberland County, health care, transportation, distribution, energy and environment. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at rdupuis@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @rogerdupuis2.

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