Dispensaries look to county

Medical marijuana may soon be available in Venango County.

Since state legislation to allow legal access to medical marijuana was passed in April 2016, two dispensaries have applied for licenses in Venango County, with one looking to locate in Oil City and the other in Seneca.

Global Resource Operations, a Ringgold-based company, is tentatively eyeing a location adjacent to Parker Furniture on Route 257 in Seneca.

Mary Parker, daughter of Parker Furniture founder Harry Parker and sister of current owner Harry Parker Jr., is chief legal counsel and chairperson of the board for Global Resource Operations. She said she expects the pending license to be granted by August.

Parker said the dispensary would operate much like a pharmacy with both a medical doctor and pharmacist on staff.

“Anytime that a place is open we would have one or the other medical professionals there,” Parker said.

Parker, who lives in Tennessee, said her desire to bring a dispensary to Seneca is rooted in a desire to return to her hometown area as well as to bring the medicine to an underserved area.

“We plotted out an area that has about 300,000 people with Seneca being the central point,” she said. “There’s nothing in all the rural communities around it. If people want to try the medicine, if it’s important to their condition, there’s nothing available.”

Global Resource also plans to have a van service to bring people to the dispensary as needed.

“You can’t deliver the medicine under Pennsylvania law, but you can deliver people to the dispensary,” Parker said. “We’ll get them there.”

Parker said the products will be purely medicinal in compliance with Pennsylvania law.

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