WILLIAMSPORT -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently awarded permits to 27 entities in the state to operate medical marijuana dispensaries, including one in Lycoming County.
 
Keystone Center of Integrative Wellness, LLC, will operate a dispensary located at 1322 W. Fourth Street in Williamsport. Their headquarters are in Carlisle. It was noted in the permit application filed with the Department of Health that the agency is a female run business.
 
The permit application outlined plans to renovate the 2,600 square feet building. There will be a dispensary delivery garage located in the left rear of the building. The garage will be out of public view and fully enclosed, according to the permit application.
 
The agency also outlined plans to partner with Uber and Lyft to provide discounted transportation. They will employ social workers and service coordinators, rather than traditional dispensary agents, who will assist patients in applying for transportation.
 
In addition, the agency also mentioned plans to participate in local programs dedicated to ending childhood hunger, such as Williamsport Area School District's Backpack program.
 
Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana in a bill passed in April of 2016 which allows it to be used for 17 medical conditions, including cancer and PTSD. Patients cannot grow smoke it or grow the plant in their home. According to the law, the marijuana may be taken in pill, oil, ointment form or a liquid that can be vaporized and inhaled. The medical marijuana law will eventually allow for up to 150 dispensaries in the state. Doctors would need to register with the Department of Health and complete an educational course before recommending cannabis to patients. The patients would have to apply to Department of Health for a medical marijuana card before receiving the marijuana through a dispensary.
 
Twelve permits for marijuana growers were issued by the state last month including one to Terrapin Care Station of Colorado, who will operate a warehouse in Jersey Shore to process and grow marijuana. The warehouse will be located at 180 Henry Street in Pine Creek Township.
 
The dispensary is expected to be open by sometime next year.
 
 
Info on what medical conditions would qualify for a patient to obtain medical marijuana (From PA Dept. of Health website):

What is a “serious medical condition” under the Act?

The statute defines a “serious medical condition” as any one of the following:
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) / AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intractable Seizures
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuropathies
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective
  • Sickle Cell Anemia