Sharon Hill >> Borough council is lining up behind a medical marijuana dispensary in their town – even if some residents are less than thrilled.
During a special meeting March 9 council voted in support of having a medical marijuana dispensary open in their town, the first municipality in the county to make a declaration.
A motion passed 5-1 by council that gives their blessing to Dr. Howell Strauss, a borough resident and oral surgeon, to submit an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Health in hopes of opening a dispensary at 1300 Chester Pike. Council Vice President Terrence Oliver cast the sole no vote and Councilwoman ToniAnne Martinez was not present at the meeting.
Municipalities by state law are not required to approve or deny a permit application for a medical marijuana organization hence council’s motion to merely support Strauss’ application.
The vote came after over two hours of questions and comments from approximately 30 residents and council members and a presentation made by Strauss and nurse Michelle Hennessey.
Mayor Harry Dunfee was proud to have his borough publicly support this new medical offering in the county.
“I’ve always been of the mindset that trailblazers are what we need,” said Dunfee. “If one person doesn’t take the chance then it doesn’t happen. In a way I feel honored that (council) felt that it would be a place that maybe could handle something like this … (And) why not? It has to start somewhere, and if it starts here and it’s a good thing then we spearheaded it and got the jump on it.”
If approved by the state, the dispensary will offer medical marijuana in the form of pills, oils and lotions, all of which will be prescribed by specialized physicians and available to the patient only once