Medical Marijuana Dispensary to Open at Former Home D Location – State College News


Owners of a medical marijuana dispensary are planning to take over the former Home D Pizzeria location on South Atherton Street in College Township. Photo by Vincent Corso | The Gazette

Cannabis company PharmaCann Inc. plans to open a Verilife medical marijuana dispensary at the former Home D Pizzeria location in College Township by the end of the year.

The company is currently working to begin rehabilitation and construction of the building at 1820 S. Atherton St. after it receives final permit approvals from township officials.

PharmaCann Government and Regulatory Affairs Associate Brandon Nemec told The Gazette by email, “following this improvement project, we will work towards our state regulatory approvals and inspection. Our current goal is to begin serving medical patients at the Verilife State College dispensary in November of 2021.”

Home D Pizzeria closed its doors permanently on June 20 after 67 years in business. Home D owners had been trying to lease a portion of the South Atherton Street building while maintaining the restaurant in a downsized space for more than a year. But, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, as a deal was being finalized the new tenant’s “needs increased, and they ended up needing and leasing the entire building.”

Chicago based PharmaCann Inc. was founded in 2014 and is the parent company to Verilife dispensaries. Verilife currently has four operational dispensaries throughout Pennsylvania located in Manayunk-Philadelphia, Shamokin, Chester and Williamsport. It is licensed to grow, process and/or dispense medical cannabis products in six states.

The company received a zoning use permit for the location from College Township in May.

Zoning officer Mark Gabrovsek said College Township zoning treats medical marijuana facilities no different than any other retail business.

The township has received no formal plans for the build out as of July

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