Can It Be?

Cannabis Grown In Northeast PA?

Pennsylvania became the 24th U.S. State to legalize medical marijuana on April 17, 2016, allowing for its sale and consumption to treat specific diseases or symptoms. At the time, Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement that the measure, “will improve the quality of life for patients and their families throughout Pennsylvania by giving them access to a new treatment option.” Understandably, the news comes as a relief to many patients whose only hope could lie in its potential benefits. But the news also comes with concerns to those who only associate the drug with recreational use. Coincidentally there are only a handful of states (eg. Colorado, Nevada, etc.) that have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Cannabis (the drug’s scientific name) has been designated to treat patients with such illnesses as cancer, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and PTSD. Research from the 1840s to the 1900s has shown that scientific journals widely published the benefits of cannabis in medicines sold in U.S. to treat insomnia, migraines and rheumatism.

Last April the PA Department of Health put a program in place to accept proposals from potential businesses seeking permits as growers/processors and dispensaries. A limited number of dispensaries across the state can obtain authorization to sell marijuana to patients with a doctor’s certification.

Because of the highly competitive application process to be a grower/processor, securing zoning approval is a key factor. For example, to grow marijuana, a secure, indoor only location with surveillance, fencing and very precise transportation specifications is required. True Healthy Choice, a Northeast Pennsylvania company announced that it received notice from Covington Township that its proposed construction of a state-of-the-art medical marijuana growing/processing facility on a property along Route 435 would be a permitted under the township’s zoning ordinance.

True Healthy Choice is owned by local businessman Joseph J. Gentile Jr., a successful local entrepreneur. Gentile has built and sold a series of family businesses, including Joe’s Kwik Marts, a network of 30 gas stations and conveniences stores, plus a heating and oil and propane distribution business. Gentile’s enterprises employed approximately 300 workers. Gentile has gathered a world-class team of experts in cultivation compound extraction and security to develop the True Healthy Choice operations.

The Company plans an enclosed, secure 25,000 square foot facility, easily expandable to as large as 50,000 feet. The company will grow and process cannabis in forms (such as oil) approved by the state.

The Department of Health expects medical marijuana to be available to patients by early 2018. H