A company is seeking a former craft brewery in Lehighton to open what would be the first medical marijuana dispensary in Carbon County.
Local Dispensaries LLC, which according to the Department of State is registered to a residence in Center Valley, Lehigh County, filed a licensure application and asked Carbon County commissioners to sign a letter of support to send to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The company is eyeing space at what was Red Castle Brewery, a former craft brewery and Polish restaurant that closed in February.
The Department of Health released a list of applicants last week for its second round of medical marijuana licenses. The state plans to issue new dispensary licenses, with four to be in northeast Pennsylvania.
If approved, the Lehighton dispensary would be permitted to sell medical marijuana oils, liquids, pills and other products.
“We agree that since there are going to be dispensaries throughout the state, why not in Carbon?” said Bill O’Gurek, a Carbon County commissioner.
The building, at 80 E. Bridge St., is vacant. Officials said it is Local Dispensaries’ preferred location.
“If a company wants to locate here, employ people here, pay taxes here and provide that need to people that need medical marijuana, we welcome that,” O’Gurek said.
Local Dispensaries would need the OK from Lehighton. Borough council is soon expected to further discuss the issue.
A second company, Serenity HealthCare PA LLC, which is registered to a Philadelphia residence, also filed an application seeking licensure in Carbon County. It also submitted applications for dispensaries in Mahanoy City, Chester, Lancaster, Philadelphia and Scranton.
In all, 26 applications are being considered for the four dispensary licenses in the state’s northeast.
The Department of Health said it couldn’t provide specifics about Local Dispensaries LLC’s application until the state has awarded the