As Pennsylvania gets closer to approving applicants to open the state’s first medical marijuana dispensaries, more companies are coming before Pittsburgh’s zoning board seeking a needed variance.
One of those groups wants to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Squirrel Hill — a proposal that has the backing of Allegheny County’s first executive, Jim Roddey.
Mary Del Brady is serving in a consulting role with applicant Keystone Relief Centers, she told The Incline, and would become CEO if the group gets necessary approvals including a permit to operate from the state. Brady met today with Councilmember Corey O’Connor, who represents the district that includes the proposed dispensary site, as well as representatives from two community groups, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Greenfield Community Association.
Brady said they had a “very good dialogue.”
“We want to be a part of the community,” she said, “and believe that we add something.”
The proposed site at 3885 Forward Ave. “meets our needs,” Brady said, while complying with concerns the community may have, like adequate parking and distance from facilities like daycare centers.
Should Keystone Relief Centers receive a permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to operate a dispensary, the group will also need a special variance from Pittsburgh’s zoning board. A hearing is scheduled for May 25.
Brady said Keystone has an “unbelievable group of investors” including medical professionals who are interested, not in publicity, but in getting medical cannabis to patients in the right way.
“They are very sophisticated, very interested in what this is about and want to do it right,” Brady said of the investors.
She described Roddey, who is now firm director at Baker Tilly’s Pittsburgh office, and Nicholas Geanopulos, a Downtown Pittsburgh restaurant owner and gambling lobbyist, as “founders” and “very interested and involved.” Both men were listed on an SEC filing from November.
Roddey declined to speak to The Incline. Reached