SHARON HILL >> The borough may be joining the medial marijuana boom.
Sharon Hill Borough Council will hear a proposal Thursday night to use a location on Chester Pike to set up the a medical marijuana dispensary.
Council must sign off on the plan, which then will be submitted to the state. Council also will hear comments from borough residents.
If granted, a permit will be sought from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to establish a primary dispensary location near 1300 Chester Pike, which by law could be the sole application granted for Delaware County.
Council will hear the concerns from members of the community and vote at a special meeting this Thursday, March 9, to determine if Dr. Howell Strauss, a local resident dentist and physician who operates the AIDS Care Group at 907 Chester Pike, may submit the permit application to the state.
“You need the blessing of the local governing body, it’s part of the state requirement,” said council President Michael Finnegan. “We’re inviting the public to hear their concerns or why they’re for it … even if we approve it, he still needs to put in the application.”
Strauss previously showed interested in establishing the dispensary in Trainer, but experienced pushback from residents. Just down the street in Sharon Hill, residents similarly protested a proposed drug rehabilitation and transition center.
However, Finnegan said the main concerns that have been raised in Sharon Hill were regarding safety and security of the dispensary, as well as the potential for attracting drug-related crime to the area.
Borough Manager Steve Travers doesn’t view the state medical marijuana law as an enabler of crime.
“Will it bring crime? I don’t think so. It’s oils, pills and lotions, which means the street value is down,” Travers said. “We have residents with