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Medical cannabis facility OKed for Lebanon

Grower/processor operation is one of 13 granted state permits

A Lebanon facility is among the latest operations given the go-ahead by state regulators to begin cultivating medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

Overall permits are going to 13 grower/processors statewide, the Pennsylvania Department of Health said Tuesday.

They join 12 others approved in an earlier round of permitting in the state’s medical marijuana program. The latest round brings the total approved to 25, the limit set by the law legalizing use of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

In the second round, the state issued two permits for each of the six regions, for a a total of 12, plus one to the applicant with the highest score. Lebanon is in the southcentral region.

The proposed Lebanon facility – to be operated by a company called Whole Plants LLC – is the only one in the five-county region of Central Pennsylvania to win approval, though others applied.

The Lebanon facility would be called WP Health Foundry, according to the state, and be sited in an industrial property at 113 N. 8th Ave. A listing on the commercial real estate site LoopNet describes it as the 42,700-square-foot former home of Cocoa Mulch.

A representative of Whole Plants declined to comment, as the company had not gotten official notice from the state as of press time. Its board members include Alvin Dupree, according to state records. Dupree is a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Other winners in the latest round include:

  • DocHouse LLC, Pottsville, Schuylkill County (southeast)
  • Agri-Kind LLC, Chester, Delaware County (southeast)
  • Pier Cove LLC/Justice Grown Cultivation and Processing Center, Hazle Township, Luzerne County (northeast)
  • PharmaCann Penn Plant LLC, Olyphant, Lackawanna County (northeast)
  • Green Leaf Medicals LLC, Saxton, Bedford County (southcentral)
  • INSA LLC, Shamokin Dam, Snyder County (northcentral)
  • Parea BioSciences LLC, Coal Township, Northumberland County (northcentral)
  • Maitri Genetics LLC, Pittsburgh (southwest)
  • PennAlt Organics Inc./Penn Health’s Cultivation Facility, Lemont Furnace, Fayette County (highest score/southwest)
  • Hanging Gardens LLC/Iron Street, Johnstown, Cambria County
  • Calypso Enterprises LLC, Erie (northwest)
  • FarmaceuticalRx LLC, Farrell, Mercer County (northwest)

Other companies applied from the southcentral region. But they did not win licenses.

According to a list of applicants released by the state, they include:

  • M3C Agriculture LLC, which proposed a facility in Upper Leacock Township, Lancaster County
  • Terra Pharm Inc., which proposed facilities in Harrisburg and Middlesex Township, Cumberland County
  • PA Precision Formulations LLC, which proposed a facility in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County
  • Aspen Ranch LLC, which proposed a facility in Harrisburg
  • Sirona Cultivation LLC, which proposed a facility in Harrisburg
  • BrightStar Biomedics LLC, which proposed a facility in Harrisburg
  • Five-Leaf Remedies Inc., which proposed a facility in York
  • Curio Cultivation and Processing PA LLC, which proposed a facility in Manchester Township, York County

Earlier rounds of permitting have led to challenges by companies that lost out.

The state has posted information here about the latest applicants, and it said it plans to release redacted applications in November from the winners, with the rest to follow at an unspecified date.

CPBJ Staff
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