DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Medical Marijuana Program; Availability of Permit Applications, Number and Locations of Permits to be Issued in Phase I
[47 Pa.B. 73]
[Saturday, January 7, 2017]
Notice is hereby given that the Department of Health (Department) intends to implement Phase I of the Medical Marijuana Program (Program), which includes the availability of permit applications for growers/processors and dispensaries, the time frame during which permit applications will be accepted by the Department, and the number and location of permits in each medical marijuana region.
Availability of Permit Applications and Submission Deadline
Notice is hereby given, as required by 28 Pa. Code § 1141.29(a) (relating to initial permit application), that on January 17, 2017, the Department intends to make available, on its web site, grower/processor and dispensary permit applications to implement Phase I of the Program. The Department will accept grower/processor and dispensary permit applications that are complete, including the required fees, starting on February 20, 2017, through March 20, 2017. The Department will consider any application sent by United States Mail to be received on the date it is deposited in the mail as long as a stamped United States Postal Form 3817 Certificate of Mailing is included with the application. The Department will return a permit application that is postmarked after the March 20, 2017, deadline. An applicant must submit a permit application by mail in an electronic format that is listed in the instructions of the permit application to the Office of Medical Marijuana, Department of Health, Room 628, Health and Welfare Building, 625 Forester Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
Total Number of Permits to be Issued in Phase I
Under section 616 of the Medical Marijuana Act (35 P.S. § 10231.616), the Department may not initially issue permits to more than 25 growers/processors and more than 50 dispensaries. A person who is issued both a grower/processor permit and a dispensary permit by the Department has permits that are vertically integrated.
The Department, in Phase I of the implementation of the Program, intends to issue the following total number of permits:
1. Up to 12 grower/processor permits.
2. Up to 27 dispensary permits.
For Phase I, the Department will not issue a person more than one grower/processor permit. The Department also will not issue a person more than one dispensary permit.
Number and Locations of Permits in Each Medical Marijuana Region
Notice is hereby given, as required by 28 Pa. Code § 1141.33(b) (relating to review of initial permit applications), that the Department intends to issue, in Phase I, the following number of permits in the following targeted locations in each medical marijuana region:
1. The Department intends to issue no more than two grower/processor permits for each of the six medical marijuana regions.
2. The Department intends to issue up to 27 dispensary permits, with at least 1 dispensary permit being issued in each of the 6 medical marijuana regions. Each dispensary permit that is issued will list the primary dispensary location. The Department intends to issue the following number of dispensary permits in the following targeted counties within each medical marijuana region:
Medical Marijuana Region 1—The Southeast District Counties Number of Permits—10 Berks 1 Bucks 1 Chester 1 Delaware 1 Lancaster 1 Montgomery 2 Philadelphia 3
Medical Marijuana Region 2—The Northeast District Counties Number of Permits—4 Lackawanna 1 Lehigh 1 Luzerne 1 Northampton 1
Medical Marijuana Region 3—The Southcentral District Counties Number of Permits—4 Blair 1 Cumberland 1 Dauphin 1 York 1
Medical Marijuana Region 4—The Northcentral District Counties Number of Permits—2 Centre 1 Lycoming 1
Medical Marijuana Region 5—The Southwest District Counties Number of Permits—5 Allegheny 2 Butler 1 Washington 1 Westmoreland 1
Medical Marijuana Region 6—The Northwest District Counties Number of Permits—2 Erie 1 McKean 1
An applicant has the option of listing two additional dispensary locations on the permit application for approval by the Department. The second and third dispensary locations must be located within the same medical marijuana region as the primary dispensary location listed in the dispensary permit. The second and third dispensary locations are not permitted to be located in the same county as the primary dispensary location listed in the dispensary permit. In addition, the second and third dispensary locations are not permitted to be located in the same county.
With respect to Region 1 (Southeast District), for each of the seven dispensary permits that are located outside of Philadelphia County, a dispensary applicant may only identify either a second or third dispensary location within Philadelphia County.
With respect to Region 5 (Southwest District), for each of the three dispensary permits that are located outside of Allegheny County, a dispensary applicant may only identify either a second or third dispensary location within Allegheny County.
Interested persons are invited to submit written comments, suggestions or objections regarding this notice to John J. Collins, Office of Medical Marijuana, Department of Health, Room 628, Health and Welfare Building, 625 Forester Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 787-4366, RA-DHMedMarijuana@pa.gov.
Persons with a disability who wish to submit comments, suggestions or objections regarding the issuing of permits and permit applications or who require an alternative format of this notice (for example, large print, audiotape, Braille), may do so by using the previous contact information, or for speech and/or hearing impaired persons, V/TT (717) 783-6514 or the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service (800) 654-5984 (TT).
KAREN M. MURPHY, PhD, RN,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 17-21. Filed for public inspection January 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m.]
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