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CHAMBERSBURG – Mayor Darren Brown on Monday night endorsed a plan by a York firm to bring a medical marijuana dispensary to Chambersburg.
“I’m very supportive of this,” Brown said after Viridis Medicine LLC spokesman Daniel Kearns gave an hour-long presentation to Borough Council, outlining the firm’s plans to open a dispensary on Wayne Avenue sometime next year.
The presentation was an information item on council’s agenda, and there was little discussion among council members. Brown’s announcement of support for the proposal came at the end of the presentation.
After the meeting, he said that he not only supports Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana legislation, but is also very supportive of Viridis.
“The more I learn about this particular company, the more pleased I am (with their proposal),” he said. “It appears to me that they have not just met all the regulations, but have gone beyond those regulations in an effort to be eco-friendly.”
Kearns said Viridis will apply for both a grower-processor permit to build and open a plant in York County and a dispensary permit that will allow it to open a dispensary in York and two other locations.
The firm has chosen Chambersburg as the location of the second dispensary because Franklin County is at the center of the south-central region designated as one of six regions in Pennsylvania to receive permits. Those permits are awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Kearns said Viridis plans a grower-processor plant that will include a greenhouse instead of an indoor growing