Four companies seeking to run medical marijuana businesses in Lancaster County are in the running for the second round of permits offered in Pennsylvania.
The state Department of Health this week released the lists of applicants, which show only the name of the company and the city in which it wants to operate.
In the first round, Cure Pennsylvania was the only Lancaster County applicant awarded a dispensary permit. Both grower-processor permits awarded in the region went to companies operating in Berks County: Franklin Labs LLC and Prime Wellness of Pennsylvania LLC.
This map shows where the Pennsylvania Department of Health granted its first round of medical marijuana business permits.
PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Department spokesman Nate Wardle said in an email Tuesday that there is not a firm timeframe for awarding of the second round of permits, but that it will likely happen before the end of the year.
In the eight-county Southeast region including Lancaster, the state is offering nine new dispensary permits will allow the holders to operate up to three locations each, and two grower-processor permits. One additional grower-processor permit will go to the highest-scoring applicant statewide.
This time there are 44 dispensary applicants for the region, down from 65 in the first round. Three want to operate in the county: Serene Green LLC and Tribe Penn LLC somewhere in Lancaster city, and Serenity HealthCare PA LLC in the Gap area.
On grower-processor permits, there are 17 applicants this time, down from 46 in the first round. Just one wants to operate in the county: M3C Agriculture LLC, which applied but was not selected in the first round and has plans for the Leola area.