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State Announces Four Medical Marijuana Permits in Our Area

HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Tuesday the companies that will grow and process marijuana for medical use.

More than 400 companies applied for permits, the state awarded just 12.

Statewide, those 12 permits will be awarded to companies that will both grow marijuana and process the plant into pill and oil forms for medicine.

Permits are issued for companies in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties in the Northeast Region and Clinton and Montour Counties in the Northcentral Region.

The department awarded two applicants in each region with a permit to grow and process marijuana for medical purposes.

The Lackawanna County facility will be in an industrial area on Rosanna Avenue in Scranton's Green Ridge section. It will be located in the Pennsylvania Clothing Recyclers Building and will be operated by a company named Pennsylvania Medical Solutions based in Minnesota.

That company reached a deal to buy the building for more than $1 million.

The location in Scranton may have helped it win a state permit, according to John Collins of the Office of Medical Marijuana.

The site in Luzerne County is more rural. It's a building in White Haven that has functioned as both a school and an auto repair shop. The owner and operator of the grow operation, Standard Farms LLC,  is from Drums. He is in the process of buying the building and says he expects to hire 25-30 people to work there by the end of the year.

People in White Haven say jobs are badly needed, and the marijuana growing and processing facility is welcome.

"There really hasn't been too much going on around here, and bringing highly-skilled jobs to the area, and paying high wages, why not? Who wouldn't be in favor of that?" said Cindy Keil of White Haven.

In Montour County, Illinois-based, GTI Pennsylvania plans to open a facility in Danville. GTI stands for Green Thumb Industries, and it has operations in four states.

Near Avis in Clinton County, a group based in nearby Jersey Shore named Terrapin Investment Fund 1 was awarded a permit to grow and process marijuana.

One company hoping for a permit in the Northcentral Region was Power Plant Medicinal based in Mount Carmel in Northumberland County. In February, that company told us about plans to use energy from the Mount Carmel co-gen plant that burns coal waste to grow and process marijuana at the site.

"We're looking at 60-plus jobs in addition to the 50 we already have so they're skilled, high-paying positions that will be coming to the area. They will be local positions. People won't need prior experience," said Megan Millo of Power Plant Medicinal in February.

Power Plant Medicinal is one of the few locally owned companies that applied for a permit. A total of 36 companies applied for permits in the Northeast and Northcentral Regions. Many are from corporate medical marijuana businesses based in Connecticut, Maryland, and Illinois.

Those awarded permits to grow and process medical marijuana have a tight schedule. The state says they must be operational in six months or risk losing the permit.

36 comments

  • Going to church on Sunday doesn't make you a good person.

    From what I have read in the past its only the CBD oils and pills that are going to be able to be used in PA. The bud itself will still be illegal to possess and smoke. A lot of the pills and oils don’t contain any THC so they wouldn’t get you high anyways. I believe Marinol is one of the few pill forms of the drug that contains THC. The oils are just cannabinoid extracts from the plant and don’t contain THC. So everyone that thinks this is going to be like Colorado is gonna be a bit angry when they find out they can’t just walk into a dispensary and buy a bunch of smoke. I’m pretty sure it’s not gonna work like that in PA. At least for now. Correct me if I’m wrong. I haven’t researched the topic much lately. Mostly because I don’t care either way. I’ll still be able to walk down the street and buy an 1/8 of some dank bud regardless of what happens.

  • Bob Moran

    Having a one in White Haven is a wise business choice. Plenty of subject matter experts in town that can be employed.

  • Cheech and Chong

    The location selected for the Scranton operation is the same building in which the Friends Of The Poor had 40 air conditioners stolen last month which were slated to be given to the poor. Turns out the building owners’ son stole them and was selling them for profit. I certainly hope the marijuana operation has better security.

  • ASRCreations

    Wake up. There are very many plants that are used for meds. Poppies are your opioids (pills: morphines, codines and so on. Plants like digitalis (fox glove flower) and Lily of the valley are used for heart meds (stimulants). Canibus has many good attributes as well. For goodness sakes, the problem is not the plants or its medicinal uses, the problem is the people that abuse them! So if there is a possibility that a plant could help millions of people, we shouldn’t use it because some dumb people abuse it? People abuse all types of things. You don’t see cars taken off the road because dumb people drive recklessly! You cant stop progress because of dumb people, if we did that, our whole society would have haulted long ago.

    • ASRCreations

      Let me state why I have this point of view. I volunteered at a health facility where there were several patients suffering from various types of cancer. A few of them were chosen to try medical marijuana as a treatment to the side effects of chemo. Those very depressed, withering people became happier because it helped them eat, sleep and have a better attitude towards life in general. To see these people go from the ultimate low to being “high” on life was amazing! The outcome of the study proved that using marijuana did indeed help these people beat their cancer. Note: these were not dumb people who abused their meds!

  • El Ma

    That anyone in this State or Nation has to apply for a permit to grow something that is found in Nature is beyond my ability to comprehend. Seriously. And, what WILL be grown will be genetically altered.

  • Disappointed in Scranton

    It is pretty bad that a company from Minnesota gets a license over Pennsylvania companies that have the skills to do it in state with PA people. Politically rigged again. And they talk about Donald Trump. I think Governor Wolfe is just as bad. Politics as usual – money – so sad :(.

  • So sad

    I think its aweful! The FDA itself said ” medical marijuana ” has NO medicinal purpose what so ever. Just another way for people to do illegal drugs. What’s next.. Legalizing cocaine, heroin,etc. No wonder the world is so corrupt these days. We have these idoits in office that legalize drugs that have been illegal forever. Way to go you idiots in Harrisburg. You all suck!!!

    • Double

      You are clearly highly misinformed, and have chosen to remain ignorant instead of formulating an educated opinion. Which in the age of technology, is the height of laziness.
      Keep drinking the kool-aid, and trust the pharmaceutical companies with synthetic chemicals to continue feeding you prescriptions to make you “better”. If you were half as intelligent as you think you are, then you would recognize the goal of health care is not to “cure” you, but rather to continue the path of medications to satisfy shareholders, and corporate value.

      • The dude

        Read till end before you jump to conclusions…I can’t believe this is happening,my doctor now wants to take me off my OxyContin and xanax and wants to place me on medical marijuana for the 3 surgeries I had after my motorcycle accident when I was young. He says the benzodiazepines and OxyContin are going to keep me dependent on prescription medicine. THC in medical marijuana takes the pain away and really does help with my anxieties, but I don’t want to come off my opiates and benzos!! I really like the high they give me,plus takes the pain and anxietiy away! Also many of the people I know sell a lot of their prescriptions to make cash on the side. It’s really going to suck when I can’t get he same buzz I do monthly mainly bc everyone I know will not be able to offload their meds and that will seriously affect the quality ,price and quantity of good drugs on the street! Now I won’t have a good excuse for having opiates & benzos in my system the next time I nod off behind the wheel and slam into someone at a red light ,or hit some child crossing the street! Do you see where im coming from. I’m really not like that and am not prescribed all that I just talked about. I just wanted you to see where and why this is needed and I do know many many people of all ages that living like I just decribed and are bummed out about this bc their doctors really are trying to pull the off their meds exactly like I said above! stop being a closed minded POS and do the reasearch your self open mindedly before you spew your uneducated verbal diarrhea!

      • So sad

        Double, I have read the bible and God clearly stars in his word to stay away from all drugs. If I have any issues, I go and get prayer and he heals me. He is my physician. I don’t need any other Dr or meds to” cure” me. He is my healer.

    • The dude

      Read till end before you jump to conclusions…I can’t believe this is happening,my doctor now wants to take me off my OxyContin and xanax and wants to place me on medical marijuana for the 3 surgeries I had after my motorcycle accident when I was young. He says the benzodiazepines and OxyContin are going to keep me dependent on prescription medicine. THC in medical marijuana takes the pain away and really does help with my anxieties, but I don’t want to come off my opiates and benzos!! I really like the high they give me,plus takes the pain and anxietiy away! Also many of the people I know sell a lot of their prescriptions to make cash on the side. It’s really going to suck when I can’t get he same buzz I do monthly mainly bc everyone I know will not be able to offload their meds and that will seriously affect the quality ,price and quantity of good drugs on the street! Now I won’t have a good excuse for having opiates & benzos in my system the next time I nod off behind the wheel and slam into someone at a red light ,or hit some child crossing the street! Do you see where im coming from. I’m really not like that and am not prescribed all that I just talked about. I just wanted you to see where and why this is needed and I do know many many people of all ages that living like I just decribed and are bummed out about this bc their doctors really are trying to pull the off their meds exactly like I said above! stop being a closed minded POS and do the reasearch your self open mindedly before you spew your uneducated verbal diarrhea!

      • El Ma

        The Dude, the benzos can really, really mess up your own physiology in handling stress. I am diagnosed with PTSD and Anxiety/Panic Disorder. I was prescribed boatloads of pyschotropic drugs and I chose to not take them.

        Xanax has been clearly linked to early-onset Alzheimer’s and demetia. Over use of benzo medications impede the body’s ability to manage pain on it’s own, and contribute to anxiety and Panic Disorder.

        There is absolutely a better way to deal with anxiety, but it takes time, patience, and the determination. I’m walking proof of this.

        Good luck to you

    • El Ma

      So Sad, marijuana has NOT been “illegal forever.” In fact, most “illegal drugs” of natural origin (cocaine, laudanum, etc.) were made illegal in the mid 1900’s.

      Legalize it all, as far as I’m concerned. If someone is addicted, it’s their addiction, not mine. I’d rather see booze better regulated because I cannot remember a single incident when a family of 6 traveling in a mini-van on their vacation was entirely wiped out by a driver smoking some weed.

      I am also in favor of dropping about 100,000 tons of cannabis into countries that are inherently, culturally, and genetically violent along with some Pepsi and Doritos and a some DVD’s of “Mystery Science Theater: 3000.” I can guarantee that violence would decrease, immediately. First, I would want to purchase some stock in Frito-Lay, though……….

      The “War On Drugs” is an abject failure and an industry all on it’s own. Wake up. Do some research before making grand, sweeping statements that are absolutely incorrect.

    • Weisbier

      So Sad, the “world is corrupt” because people are “corrupt” and lacking of a moral compass. Smoking a plant has little to do with it as long as it’s illegal. Only the criminals deal with “illegal.” Get it?

      So, let’s just say that alcohol was made illegal, let’s just say. If alcoholic beverages were illegal, then the only people with access to them would be the criminals who either make bootleg whiskey, or the speak easy places that serve illegal alcohol. Now…….once the criminals have established a market, they vie for “territory.” Then, the alcohol that’s sold, illegally, is made using old automobile radiators, because it’s cheap and easy. Well, this causes blindness for the people who drink this stuff and aren’t aware of where it’s coming from. MEANWHILE, the criminal kingpins that are transporting and selling illegal alcohol get filthy rich by selling illegal substances to people. The kingpins have to neutralize their competitors, as well – sometimes, innocent people get in the way of stray bullets, but that’s considered collateral damage. Do you get where I’m going with this?

      What is really “so sad” is that you have made an erroneous statement without doing any hard research to back up your claims and you’ve managed to make yourself look foolish. I’m not in favor of addiction, So Sad, but I also understand that anyone’s addiction is their own responsibility.

      When we put our personal well-being in the hands of any person, people, agency, or bureau and NOT ourselves, we’re giving away the most basic of all rights: controlling our own actions, choices, and decisions.

  • CeeMe

    Just what PA needs to boost it’s lowlife image. Not! Can’t our officials ever do anything for this state and its people, that we can be proud of and that will help us?

    • Wow yer dumb

      Yeah, because without medical marijuana we really had a winner’s image in Pennsylvania. Do you read what you type before you send it?

  • Elephants Never Forget

    “said Megan Millo of Power Plant Medicinal in February.” It wasn’t that long ago that Megan was doing commercials on WNEP for a local auto dealership.

    • CeeMe

      People re-invent themselves all the time, and have multiple things they can do, but I know what you mean. I wouldn’t exactly consider her an expert, but that goes for most people in the marijuana field.

  • Lance

    About time.. now make it legal use and tax it and create lots more jobs. Pennsylvania should get with the program like some other states and really cash in.

      • Pay for fatness then

        No, just more interested in dealing with 300 lb , fast food eating, artery clogging ,heart attack happening , lazy @sses, collecting welfare, while we pay for them to kill themselves from eating shit good.

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