The Pennsylvania medical marijuana program is getting closer to being operational. On June 20, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that it had issued 12 grower/processor permits, with the clock ticking on permittees to have their facilities operational within six months before they can start cultivating medical marijuana.
“With today’s announcement, we remain on track to fulfill the Wolf Administration’s commitment to deliver medical marijuana to patients in 2018,” said John Collins, Director of the Office of Medical Marijuana, in a press release. “The applications from the entities receiving permits were objectively reviewed by an evaluation team made up of members from across commonwealth agencies. Any letters of recommendation or support for an applicant were not considered during the evaluation.”
The DOH awarded two permits for each of six regions in the state, with the awardees and their regions as follows: Prime Wellness of Pennsylvania and Franklin Labs for the Southeast region; Pennsylvania Medical Solutions and Standard Farms for the Northeast region; Ilera Healthcare and AES Compassionate Care for the Southcentral region; Terrapin Investment Fund 1 and GTI Pennsylvania for the Northcentral region; AGRiMED Industries of PA and PurePenn for the Southwest region; and Holistic Farms and Cresco Yeltrah for the Northwest region.
According to Collins, “Our teams will perform a series of site inspections before the locations can be certified as operational. Once that happens, the permittees will be able to begin growing and processing medical marijuana.”
With the second highest score out of the 175 applicants for cultivation permits, Cresco Yeltrah is ready to lead the way in helping the state’s patients.
“We plan to be the state leader in this industry by manufacturing the highest quality product, providing caring service to the patients and giving back to our home community,” said Trent Hartley, co-founder of Cresco Yeltrah, in a press release. According to Cresco Yeltrah’s application, the company will have the advantage of having industry veteran Kayvan Khalatbari, founding partner of Denver Relief, on its team.
Other notable awardees include GTI Pennsylvania, which has former NFL player Eugene Monroe as a partner, according to GTI’s application, and Franklin Labs, whose chairman of the board, John Hanger, formerly served as Pennsylvania Sec. of Policy and Planning under Gov. Tom Wolf, as reported by Philadelphia Magazine.
The Pennsylvania medical marijuana program is on track to be implemented completely in 2018.