ASTON >> A proposal to bring a medical marijuana grow house, where cannabis plants will be grown and later processed into oils, concentrates and tinctures for patients has been suggested for Aston Township.
In a few weeks, applications from all across the state to establish grow houses and dispensaries will begin arriving at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The finite number of permits available means that the demand for prime locations outside of Philadelphia makes Delaware County an attractive market for medical cannabis.
Throughout the state there will be 27 primary dispensary permits and two grow houses distributed among six regions. Dispensary permits allow up to three total locations – the primary location, and then two additionals – in which an operator must establish the secondary locations within the same region, but in a different county.
The Southeast region is made up of eight counties – Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Lancaster, Berks and Schuylkill counties – and like the six others may have two grow houses in the region. However, the southeast has the highest allotment of dispensary permits in the state with 10 of the 27 total.
Philadelphia may have up to three primary dispensary permits, while Montgomery has two, Delaware County along with Berks, Bucks, Chester and Lancaster, each have one primary permit.
Since each permit grants up to three locations, which all must be in different counties than the primary location, Delaware County likely will be a popular destination for the second and third location of dispensaries based primarily in Philadelphia, Montgomery and surrounding counties.
“When you have three dispensaries on one license, and then only one primary in each of the three counties in the southeast, you can see why that makes Delaware County so attractive,” said Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17, of Haverford, who