Erie doesn't make the cut, that's after months of conversation and planning. The Department of Health announced there will not be a medical marijuana growing location in the area.
The Department of Health designated two locations per region approved to build a medical marijuana manufacturing facility. Today, we found out, Erie and Crawford Counties did not make the cut.
First, Erie County council approved an application for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility. Then, the City Council followed suit. But, the Pennsylvania Department of Health had other ideas on where these facilities would land.
Tuesday, the Department of Health released 12 medical marijuana grower/processor permittees and locations. Lawrence and Jefferson County will represent the Northwest region, leaving some community leaders disappointed.
Bob Merski, Erie City Council says, "It's unfortunate that none of the growing operations will be located in Erie County. I think it would've been an economic boost to the community with at least 50 jobs."
But it's not the end of the road for medical marijuana in Erie and Crawford County. Sometime within the next few weeks, the Department of Health will announce locations permitted to build a dispensary.
John Knox, Cannabis Square LLC Vice President, said, "we think we put a very good application forward and we have a good team assembled. We're hopeful, but we do recognize it is more than likely very competitive."
Knox's company, Cannabis Square, is one of several companies that submitted an application to open a dispensary. He says if they're lucky enough to get selected, they'd open a primary facility in Erie...and two smaller locations in Mercer and Meadville.
Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Act was signed into law in April, but for now it's just a waiting a game.
To follow the movement of this act in Pennsylvania you can visit the Department of Health's website: