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Township Receives Medical Pot Farm Request

SANATOGA PA – Add Lower Pottsgrove to the list of places where medical marijuana entrepreneurs hope they are allowed to grow their legalized product for eventual sale in a variety of forms to those given state permission to buy it.

A limited partnership company named LPAL LP is scheduled Thursday night (Feb. 23, 2017) to propose to the township Board of Commissioners its plans to create a medical marijuana facility at 125 Porter Rd., according to an advance copy of the meeting agenda now available for download from the township website. LPAL general partner Robert Basile is listed to make the presentation, the agenda shows.

The eight-acre property, according to Montgomery County records, has been owned by the company since March 1999. It contains a one-story warehouse and manufacturing facility with a capacity of up to 15,000 square feet, served by public utilities. The site is located just east of the rear of Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, maps show, and a short distance south of the intersection of Porter Road and East High Street. It formerly was owned by AT&T and used as an equipment bunker.

LPAL LP during July 2009 won commissioners’ approval to use the same property for what at that time was envisioned as a three-story, 52,000-square-foot structure that would contain 76 assisted living beds to house primarily elderly patients who need regular help with daily activities, as well as 92 apartment units for people who could care for themselves. It was never built.

The company’s mailing address, at 202 Black Matt Rd., Douglassville, also is the address for The Basile Corporation, a privately held company involved in real estate development, of which Robert Basile is named as director.

Facilities at which business operators propose to cultivate marijuana for medicinal use have been a staple of local news recently. The West Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners heard about one sought in its township last week. Reporter Evan Brandt of The (Pottstown PA) Mercury reported this morning (Wednesday, Feb. 22) that Upper Pottsgrove commissioners considered zoning for medical marijuana during their meeting the previous night. And Mercury reporter Eric Devlin announced on Twitter a similar facility was being proposed for Limerick.

Not all these proposals, if any, are expected to survive, primarily because the state is granting a limited number of licenses for growing facilities. Only a few of many across Pennsylvania are likely to proceed further.

In an ironic twist which also appears on the Lower Pottsgrove agenda, during the same meeting the Pottsgrove Soccer Association will notify commissioners of its donation to help the township purchase a new zero-turn mower to be used for soccer field maintenance and other tasks.

Yes, that’s about cutting grass, not growing it.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Feb. 23 meeting):

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