York County gets first medical marijuana dispensary

The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued its final approval for a new medical marijuana dispensary in Penn Township, York County.

Cansortium Pennsylvania LLC is now clear to join 11 other dispensaries approved by the state in 2018, including one other dispensary also approved this week. Joining Cansortium is Chamounix Ventures in Montgomery County, which also received final approval to open and serve patients this week.  

Cansortium operates dispensaries under the name Knox Medical and is the sole dispensary in York County. Its Penn Township location will join several other dispensaries in Central Pennsylvania.

Organic Remedies in Hampden Township, Cumberland County, opened on Feb. 16. Cure Pennsylvania in Hampden Township, Lancaster County, is scheduled to open March 9.

A representative from Knox Medical declined to offer details on when the dispensary would open, stating it would make an announcement in the future.

The state issued 27 permit licenses to dispensaries before the end of 2017. The law signed close to two years ago by Gov. Tom Wolf allows the state to issue up to 50 permits, but the department said it is uncertain when it will begin the next round of permits for dispensaries.

Alongside the two new dispensaries approved this week, the state also approved its final grower and processor for distribution. AES Compassionate Care in Franklin County is now one of 12 growers and processors distributing medical marijuana to dispensaries.

The medical marijuana law in Pennsylvania allows for 25 distributors but a health department representative told the Business Journal earlier this month the department is waiting to see if demand will necessitate the licensure and approval of more dispensaries.

Patients interested in obtaining medical marijuana must register with the Department of Health then seek certification from a physician also registered under the state’s program that they have at least one of 17 diagnoses approved for treatment with medical marijuana treatment.

According to a statement from Wolf’s office, 21,000 patients have registered and 6,000 have received certification from a physician.

The governor also noted that 2,200 patients have received medical marijuana since the first dispensary opened two weeks ago.

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