Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. opened its Harrisburg dispensary on Tuesday. It’s the Phoenix-based cannabis company’s fifth in Pennsylvania.
The new dispensary was first announced in July, with the company stating it expected the business’ doors to open by the end of the year.
The Harvest Dispensary is the first medical marijuana dispensary in Harrisburg and is located at the Camp Curtin Fire Station on 2504 N. 6th St.
Harvest operates about 130 retail locations with more than 1,700 employees across 18 states. In Pennsylvania, the company operates dispensaries in Cambria and Lackawanna counties and two in Reading.
“The medical marijuana market in Pennsylvania has incredible potential, and we’re pleased to be growing our presence in the Commonwealth,” said Steve White, CEO of Harvest. “We’re looking forward to providing qualifying patients and caregivers with access to high-quality, innovative products and experiences, while working to educate and partner with the communities we serve.”
The former fire station that houses the new dispensary needed a number of repairs before Harvest could move in, including preserving the station’s bell tower.
Harvest has five affiliates in Pennsylvania that each have their own medical marijuana dispensary permits through the state Department of Health. While the company currently has only five operating dispensaries in Pennsylvania, its permits allow it to open ten more in the coming years.
A medical marijuana dispensary planning to open in Harrisburg this year will be looking at how it can contribute to its community as it moves into one of the city’s historic fire stations.
Phoenix, Arizona-based Harvest expects to open its third Pennsylvania dispensary upon final approval by the state this year.
One of two Harrisburg dispensaries expected to open in the coming months, Harvest plans to reach out to local charities in an effort to be a part of the community it’s located in.
“Harvest makes sure that wherever we operate, we are making sure that we get to know that community, what their needs are and how we can be a productive part in that,” said Ben Kimbro, director of public affairs for Harvest.
Harvest joined the Pennsylvania medical marijuana market at the end of last year after opening a dispensary in Reading as a part of the first wave of dispensaries approved to operate in the state. The company was also approved in the state’s second wave of dispensaries, which allows companies to open six storefronts.
So far the company has announced new dispensaries in Harrisburg and King of Prussia. Harvest expects to hire between 15 and 25 employees at each location.
Across 30 dispensaries in 9 states, Harvest has donated $500,000 to local charitable organizations. Harvest is already speaking with 45 local and regional Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations to donate to on behalf of its three stores in the state, according to Kimbro.
Harvest will be looking for guidance from its employees on what sort of community programs the dispensary should work with.
“Since we hire from the local community, we really rely on our associates in the store as well as our patients to really guide us community engagement and betterment,” Kimbro said.
The Harrisburg dispensary is located at the more than 100-year-old Camp Curtin Fire Station on 2504 N. 6th St. The fire station was placed on the Historic Harrisburg Association’s Preservation Priority List after its longtime tenant, Camp Curtin Barbeque, closed operations earlier this year.
The list accounts for historic buildings in the city in need of repair.
Repairs of the building by Harvest included preserving the fire station’s bell tower, which allowed for the association to take the building off of the list. David Morrison, executive director of the association, said the dispensary buying the building was a great outcome for the historic fire house and the community.
“It’s a business that will have longevity, restaurants come and go,” Morrison said. “There is an economic factor that is significant and that is good for the city and the neighborhood.”
A second dispensary, Local Dispensaries LLC, also plans to open at 137 S. 17th St. in Harrisburg. Both dispensaries are awaiting final inspections by the state Department of Health before they can begin serving Pennsylvanian’s permitted to use medical marijuana.
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.