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Pennsylvania will gain about $7.9 million from marijuana permit applicants this year.
Sean Heisey, York Daily Record

The Pennsylvania Department of Health named the companies that it will issue permits to grow medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

That’s 12 companies total, including two in a “southcentral” region that includes Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Lebanon, Perry and York counties. 

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York County didn’t get any of the permits, which allow the companies to grow medical cannabis products to be sold to state-licensed dispensaries. The state received 177 grower/processor permit applications, including 29 in the southcentral region.

Here is the full list of permit recipients, as named at a news conference Tuesday in Harrisburg, by region:

Southeast

  • Prime Wellness of Pennsylvania, LLC—South Heidelberg Township, Berks County
  • Franklin Labs, LLC—Reading, Berks County

Northeast

  • Pennsylvania Medical Solutions, LLC—Scranton, Lackawanna County
  • Standard Farms, LLC—White Haven, Luzerne County

Southcentral

  • Ilera Healthcare, LLC—Taylor Township, Fulton County
  • AES Compassionate Care, LLC—Chambersburg, Franklin County

Northcentral 

  • Terrapin Investment Fund 1, LLC—Pine Creek Township, Clinton County
  • GTI Pennsylvania, LLC—Danville, Mountour County

Southwest

  • AgriMED Industries of PA, LLC—Cumberland Township, Greene County
  • PurePenn, LLC—McKeesport, Allegheny County

Northeast

  • Holistic Farms, LLC—New Castle, Lawrence County
  • Cresco Yeltrah, LLC—Brookville, Jefferson County

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Ilera, of Taylor Township in Fulton County, and AES, of Chambersburg in Franklin County, won the permits in the 13-county region that includes York County.

AES will operate Grassroots Cannabis at 1086 Wayne Ave. in Chambersburg. The vacant building, owned by the Franklin County Area Development Corp., sits on 11 acres beside Interstate 81 at Exit 14.

The Ilera growing facility will be located at 3786 N. Hess Road, Waterfall, near Exit 180 (Fort Littleton) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The companies have six months to get their facilities up and running and inspected by the department, said Pennsylvania Department of Health spokeswoman April Hutcheson.

There’s little public information available on the two companies. Ilera is registered to a home near Haverford Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania Department of State corporation filings show.  

York-based Five-Leaf Remedies and Hellam Township-based Viridis Medicine did not get permits. 

The companies that got permits were chosen by a panel of state employees whose identities are known only by a few state officials involved in the evaluation process, Hutcheson said. The reason for that is to shield them from potential influence by anyone who would want to affect the program.

Still, questions are likely to be raised, as at least one company run by a prominent former state official was granted a permit.

John Hangar served as Pennsylvania Secretary of Planning and Policy under Gov. Tom Wolf. He also had served as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Hanger is listed as “chairman, board of directors” of Franklin Labs, LLC. 

Hutcheson emphasized that the winners were chosen through a complex scoring process that would take power away from any one person. 

Scoring is broken down into five sections, state records show: Diversity plan, plan of operation, applicant organization, ownership, capital and tax status and community impact. 

Ilera scored a 744.64, and AES Compassionate Care scored 732.36. In contrast, York-based Five-Leaf Remedies scored 544.03 and Viridis Medicine, which had planned to open a facility in Hellam Township, scored a 536.13. 

Click here to view all scores statewide. 

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Five-Leaf Remedies’ spokeswoman Christina Kauffman congratulated her competitors that won.

“While our team is disappointed to be denied licensure in this initial round, we’re proud of the incredible effort we’ve made and the spirit and intentions behind our endeavor,” Kauffman said.

“Above all else, we’re thankful to see our state moving ahead to provide access to safe medicine for our citizens who desperately need it.”

More: Wolf to Sessions: Hands off PA’s medical marijuana

Later this month the state will issue dispensary permits, said John Collins, director of the Office of Medical Marijuana. 

More details will be available for potential patients in September. Patients could expect to get medical marijuana in 2018, Department of Health spokeswoman April Hutcheson said. 

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