HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania residents are one step closer to being able to access medical marijuana.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Thursday granted the first 27 permits for medical marijuana dispensaries. Those who won the coveted permits now have six months to become operational, before they can begin dispensing medical marijuana.
“This has been a highly competitive process and the department received hundreds of quality applications,” said John Collins, Director of the Office of Medical Marijuana. “Once this program is fully operational, patients with serious medical conditions will have locations throughout the commonwealth where they can purchase medication to help in their treatment. We remain on track to provide medication to patients in 2018.”
There will be a total of 52 dispensaries located throughout the commonwealth. While each of the 27 dispensary permit holders is eligible to open a total of three locations, some dispensary permit holders have opted not to open all eligible locations at this time, according to the Department of Health.
The Office of Medical Marijuana received 457 applications: 177 for growers and processors; and 280 for dispensaries.
Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is expected to be fully implemented by early 2018.
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