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York-area couple wants to start medical marijuana business

They hope to grow, process the drug in Windsor Township; hearing on the request Tuesday

A York-area couple wants to become one of Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana growers/processors.

Windsor Township’s zoning officer said Friday that Keith and Cathy Shaffer, who own a pair of businesses at 900 Delta Road in the township, want permission to grow and process medical marijuana on the property.

Kipp Allison, the township zoning officer, said he recently was contacted by the Shaffers and their attorney, Edward Paskey of York, and was asked whether the township zoning ordinance would allow them to grow and then process medical marijuana.

Allison said he urged the Shaffers to go to his township’s zoning hearing board “because of ambiguity in our zoning ordinance,” he said.

“It’s not a use found in our ordinance, because it would not have been allowed prior to the recent Act 16,” the measure this past spring that approved Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program, the zoning officer noted.

The Windsor Township zoning board is expected to discuss the Shaffers’ application when it meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the township office, 1480 Windsor Road, Red Lion.

No decision is expected Tuesday on the couple’s application, and it could take several hearings before a decision is reached, Allison said.

The state Health Department plans to issue up to 25 permits to grow and process medical marijuana, and will regulate how many growers and processors are located in each region based on population, access to transportation and how many people are eligible to use medical marijuana, officials have said.

Windsor Township’s Allison said the Shaffers own and operate two businesses at the Delta Road location: KJS Industrial Services Inc., which sells and services foundry equipment; and storage business Stow & Go Self Service LLC.

The medical marijuana growing/processing business would be inside the 6,500-square-foot KJS building, the township’s Allison said.

Statewide, applicants who receive permission to grow and process medical marijuana will have to use an indoor grow facility, and experts predict that those who get into the growing/processing business can expect high costs.

Reached Friday, Cathy Shaffer referred calls to attorney Paskey, who was not immediately available for comment.

David O'Connor
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