PA awards 27 new medical marijuana dispensary licenses

Women, minority execs show few gains in U.S. cannabis industry, according to the latest data from the MJBiz Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Report. Get your copy here.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health awarded 27 medical marijuana dispensary licenses across the state Thursday, taking another step toward launching the commonwealth’s MMJ market in 2018.

Regulators sifted through 280 applications to select the winners.

Each of the new permit holders is eligible to open up to three dispensaries. But not all have opted to open the maximum number from the get-go. Initially, the state expects to have a total of 52 dispensaries.

The winning applicants now have six months to become operational before they can begin dispensing medical marijuana.

“We remain on track to provide medication to patients in 2018,” John Collins, director of the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana, said in a news release.

Grower licenses were announced earlier this month.

Here’s a sampling, two from each region, of the license winners:

Region 1

  • SMPB Retail (Berks County)
  • Franklin Bioscience-Penn (Bucks)

Region 2

  • Mission Pennsylvania (Lehigh)
  • Columbia Care Pennsylvania (Lackawanna)

Region 3

  • Lebanon Wellness Center (Blair)
  • Organic Remedies (Cumberland)

Region 4

  • PA Health & Wellness (Centre)
  • Keystone Center of Integrative Wellness (Lycoming)

Region 5

  • Keystone Relief Centers (Allegheny)
  • Cresco Yeltrah (Butler)

Region 6

  • GTI Pennsylvania (Erie)
  • Dubois Wellness Center (McKean)

Scorecards for the dispensary applications are listed on the health department’s website.