Pennsylvania regulators announced the second round of winners of medical marijuana grower/processor licenses, selecting 13 companies and further expanding what is poised to become one of the largest MMJ industries in the nation.
Phase 2 of the licensing process – coming a little more than a year after the first phase – is intended to bring the total number of growers to 25 and dispensary operators to 50, the maximum allowed under Pennsylvania’s 2016 MMJ law.
In a related development, a dozen dispensaries Wednesday will begin selling marijuana in flower or leaf form for vaping, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.
The move – approved earlier this year by Gov. Tom Wolf – should help boost MMJ sales by giving patients a wider choice of potentially cheaper products. It also could help MMJ companies by lowering certain production costs.
The 13 grower/processor license winners hailed from across the state. Here they are with their corresponding town and region:
- DocHouse (Pottsville, southeast)
- Agri-Kind (Chester, southeast)
- Pier Cove (Hazle Township, northeast)
- PharmaCann Penn Plant (Olyphant, northeast)
- Green Leaf Medical (Saxton, south central)
- Whole Plants (Lebanon, south central)
- INSA (Shamokin Dam, north central)
- Parea BioSciences (Coal Township, north central)
- Maitri Genetics (Pittsburgh, southwest)
- Hanging Gardens (Lemont Furnace, southwest)
- PennAlt Organics (Johnstown, southwest)
- Calypso Enterprises (Erie, northwest)
- FarmaceuticalRx (Farrell, northwest)
PennAlt Organics, located in Lemont Furnace, scored the highest of all applicants.
In addition to the 13 grower/processor licenses, Phase 2 will include 23 new dispensary operators.
During Phase 1, it took the Pennsylvania Department of Health about a week to announce the dispensary license winners after it announced the grower/processor licensees.
If that’s an indicator, the Phase 2 dispensary license winners could be announced next week.