Northampton County’s first medical marijuana dispensary licensee needs to open at the Bethlehem address listed on its state permit application, not its preferred Bethlehem Township location five miles east.
GuadCo LLC has less than six months to renovate the building at 1309 Stefko Blvd. to make it operational in the eyes of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which last week nixed the company’s request to instead open its first dispensary on Baglyos Circle off Emrick Boulevard in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VI.
While somewhat frustrated with the health department, GuadCo is confident it can pivot and meet the state’s Dec. 29 deadline, company general counsel Pat Gregory said Monday. It hopes to open the Keystone Canna Remedies dispensary in the first quarter of 2018.
“We are very happy with the Stefko site,” Gregory said. “We’re working on architectural plans now and hope to begin construction in September.”
Gregory said GuadCo most likely will lease from a third party that has an agreement of sale for the property.
Thomas Grello of Salisbury Township has owned the Stefko Boulevard property since 1997, according to property records. The building is currently occupied by Tru Comfort Inc., an HVAC and plumbing company Grello co-owns with William Lilly. Neither was available to comment Monday.
GuadCo was one of 27 applicants to whom the health department issued its first round of medical marijuana dispensary permits on June 29. It’s the only licensee slated to open a dispensary in Northampton County. Arizona-based 4Front Ventures will open the Mission Pennsylvania dispensary on Emmaus Avenue in south Allentown.
The Guadagnino family of Brooklyn, N.Y., is the driving force behind Keystone Canna Remedies. Director of Operations Joan Guadagnino runs the family’s primary care and cardiology medical practice. Her brother Victor Guadagnino Sr., a cardiologist and internist, will serve as