Marijuana for medical use, above, being grown at a facility in Colorado
STOWE PA – West Pottsgrove has the potential to become a player in what portends to be a new wave of health care-related manufacturing in Pennsylvania: the production of marijuana-based products for medical use.
The township Board of Commissioners signed a letter Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2017) to be delivered to the state, indicating it would not object to plans by a company named Holistic Industries of Pennsylvania, in Haverford PA, to build a highly secure, 100,000-square-foot marijuana growing facility on the 22-acre former Stanley Flagg Brass site.
- Reporters Evan Brandt of The (Pottstown PA) Mercury (his “Digital Notebook” story is here), and Matt Carey of The Reading Eagle (his advance story is here) both covered the board meeting.
- Related: Two children and a grandson of Ed Snider, the late founder of the Flyers, on Wednesday proposed to build a 125,000-square-foot facility for growing medical marijuana near Buck County.
Pennsylvania approved and legalized the production and sale of marijuana products only for medical purposes last April (2016). The measure won support in the Commonwealth after studies showed chemicals contained in marijuana “may help treat a range of illnesses or symptoms,” and “assist patients suffering from serious medical conditions by alleviating pain and improving their quality of life,” according to the state’s deputy press secretary.
Like casinos in Pennsylvania, growers and processors of medical marijuana will be licensed and regulated, and only a limited number will be permitted to operate within the state. Holistic Industries’ partner Keith A. Morgan told commissioners his company was one of several expected to compete “for one of only two permits to be issued in the 11 counties which comprise the Southeast Pennsylvania region,” Brandt wrote.
Morgan speculated permits could be issued by this August or sooner. If it wins a permit, meets other regulatory requirements, and receives township planning approval to build a start-up facility, he told commissioners the company might be in a position to bring a significant number of jobs to West Pottsgrove within five years. He was candid, however, in acknowledging the company also was looking at an alternative site in Lawrence County.
Township Police Chief Matthew Stofflet reportedly assured the board the facility, if built, would be secure, according to Brandt.
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