Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Announced, Six in Our Area

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HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health has announced medical marijuana dispensary permits in 27 locations, including six in our area.

The list of dispensary permits was posted Thursday afternoon.

The state says there will be six facilities in Northeastern and Central permitted to dispense the medical marijuana.

  • Columbia Care Pennsylvania, LLC is permitted to open dispensaries at 1790 North Keyser Avenue in Scranton, 765 Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre, and Route 940 & Kimberly Drive in Blakeslee.
  • Justice Grown Pennsylvania, LLC is permitted to open a dispensary in the Gateway Plaza in Edwardsville.
  • Keystone Center of Integrative Wellness, LLC is permitted to open a dispensary at 1322 West 4th Street in Williamsport.
  • PA Health and Wellness, LLC is permitted to open a dispensary at 2105 North Atherton Street in State College

The state says each will have six months in which to be deemed operational by the Department of Health before it could be ready to sell medical marijuana.  The grower/processors also have six months to become operational before they can grow medical marijuana. Dispensaries can only sell medical marijuana grown at a Pennsylvania grower/processor to patients registered in the program.

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.

The state says 52 dispensaries are expected to open statewide.


A company based in New York plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary in a shopping center on North Keyser Avenue in Scranton.

And two dispensaries are planned for shopping centers in Luzerne County.

Store 7B should not be vacant at the Gateway Shopping Center in Edwardsville for long.

Justice Grown from Illinois expects to open a medical marijuana dispensary there sometime next year.

"Medical marijuana has a purpose. I had a friend that had cancer, and it was painful, and if that could have helped him, I'm all for it," said Wyoming resident Joe Bartell.

The state awarded medical marijuana dispensary permits for six sites in northeastern and central Pennsylvania.

Permits apply to State College in Centre County, Williamsport in Lycoming County, Edwardsville, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and Tobyhanna Township in Monroe County.

Dispensaries plan to sell medical marijuana in the form of oils, creams, patches, and pills by prescription only.

At the Keyser Oak Shopping Plaza in Scranton, a company from New York plans to open what will be the first dispensary in Lackawanna County.

"I don't have a problem with it," said Marion Townend of Moosic. "I know a lot of people, families, and friends with health issues it would help."

The dispensaries and the growers that were awarded permits last week have six months to make their facilities ready for business. The head of the Pennsylvania Office of Medical Marijuana says patients should be receiving this medicine next year but he did not say when next year.

The state announced last week the locations of companies permitted to grow medical marijuana.


  • random

    Great, now if in return we can just make alcohol illegal we’d be on our way to a better community

  • Just a girl

    Listen….buy some bitcoins……order seeds from Amsterdam….buy some LED full spectrum light bulbs at lowes and grow your own.

    • Storm Crow

      Heck, even big CFLs will work! And most places will take money orders, no bitcoins needed! And FYI-folks, it costs me about $25 to grow an ounce in my “very well-lit” closet.

  • Reefer Madness

    So now we add “medical” ( we all know that’s just the excuse to legitimize all of it ) marijuana to the mix of cell phones, texting, computer screens on dashboards, drunk drivers, etc. Sit back and watch for more wrong way drivers and cars plowing into buildings.

    • Storm Crow

      In the article, “Feds: No link between pot and car crashes” (TheHill), it was reported “When researchers controlled for factors such as age and gender, they found no evidence marijuana use increases accident risks.” The article is based on the NHTSA study “Drug and Alcohol Crash Risk” which is available online. So, is the NHTSA, a government agency, lying?

      From “Psychoactive substance use and the risk of motor vehicle accidents” (PubMed) where they found “No increased risk for road trauma was found for drivers exposed to cannabis. The study concludes that drug use, especially alcohol, benzodiazepines and multiple drug use and drug-alcohol combinations, among vehicle drivers increases the risk for a road trauma accident requiring hospitalization.”

    • Kristen

      It is about time the “Reefer Madness” is finally PROVEN to be propaganda on so many levels. Yet there are beer and liquor stores, not to mention bars on every corner! And booze kills more than just the one that drinks it on so many times. Cannabis is ancient. And doesn’t kill anyone unless tons fall on them!

    • chill out mr. doo-gooder!

      C’mon Marvin, are you a doo-gooder or something? Weed is perfectly fine. Alcohol and heroin are the demons. I drink alcohol only because I can’t smoke the weed. (Legally) I would much rather puff a bong compared to drinking. Weed is much healthier for the body than that compared to barely and hops.

  • Kate

    Your map and reporter said blakeslee, tobyhanna. There is no permit for dispensaries for Thisbe area. Check your facts.

  • brugg

    PA not too good in geography. Schuylkill is in the Southeast But Lehigh and Northampton county is in the northeast. This state cant do nothing right.

  • Yeah, right...

    And all of them have had their owners and operators vetted, and strong security will be in place to ensure no loss of inventory. What a laugh. All the politicos see are dollar signs, to hell with the consequences.

      • yeah, right...

        So please tell me, what is the non-medical use of marijuana? It’s a depressant and recreational drug. It slows your reaction time and clouds your thinking. So – since you’ve been waiting so patiently – the consequences are we will now have more impaired drivers on our highways to add to the drunks, texters, and other druggies. I could personally care less if people want to smoke, drink, or snort themselves into oblivion, just stay off the road and out of my workplace. This is right from the Colorado DOT:
        1. More than 17 percent of all DUI arrests from the Colorado State Patrol in 2016 involved marijuana.
        2. According to a 2016 survey conducted by CDOT, 55 percent of marijuana users said they believed it was safe to drive under the influence of marijuana.

      • meh

        1. More than 17 percent of all DUI arrests from the Colorado State Patrol in 2016 involved marijuana.
        “involved marijuana” wow thats vague to say the least…
        2. According to a 2016 survey conducted by CDOT, 55 percent of marijuana users said they believed it was safe to drive under the influence of marijuana.
        and hey guess what? studies have been done that have shown people high on thc arent that big of a risk.. mainly because they drive much slower. why havent you cited the fact that they have seen a drastic reduction in adolescent use of marijuana in colorada? or that the percentage of opiod use/overdoses have also dramatically declined? why not cite the fact they are making so much on taxing it they are refunding taxpayers??????????? 2 vague replies is the best you can come up with????????

    • Marvin

      Hey, I’m cool with it, at least with the state taxing it, the welfare leeches will at least be paying some of the tax dollars back.

    • It's all about making sure the right people get the money

      Republicans always say they want states to have more control, so ….???

    • Get Off My lawn

      The Feds have no jurisdiction over this.

      They don’t have the consitutional right.

      They also don’t have the right to force a state to use “Real ID”.

    • Storm Crow

      “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.” -Thomas Jefferson Cannabis laws are based on racism and pure corporate greed! Are those the sort of laws you want? The cannabis prohibition laws should be abolished since cannabis does NOT meet the requirements for a Schedule 1 drug and are based on lies! I guess we learned nothing from alcohol prohibition! Prohibition does NOT work!

      • Storm Crow

        To “thumbs down”, guess the FACTS don’t agree with you! I DARE you to read “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” and learn the truth! You can find “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” free online. But you won’t have the guts to actually read it! And did you know that our federal government has run a medical cannabis program for decades? See “4 Americans get medical pot from the feds” (CBS News), “In decades-old program, Uncle Sam provides pot” (MSNBC), or “While Arresting Thousands Of Pot Smokers Daily, Feds Supply 4 Patients With Legal Marijuana” (Mint Press).

  • starhawk

    They need to put one up asap at the soon to be former site of the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville. Its a better alternative to meth.

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