State OKs Fulton County medical marijuana grower


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One of two local growers has Pennsylvania Department of Health approval to begin growing and processing medical marijuana. File(Photo: Eric Engman, AP)

HARRISBURG  – Ilera Healthcare LLC in Taylor Township, Fulton County, is the latest operation in Pennsylvania that can begin growing and processing medical marijuana.

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Ilera will produce medicine for dispensaries in the Philadelphia area.

“Pennsylvania now has four grower/processors that are fully operational, bringing us one step closer to providing medical marijuana to patients,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “More than 8,000 patients have registered to participate in the program, with 435 who have visited an approved practitioner and received their certification.  We are working to make sure those patients have access to medical marijuana when the first dispensaries open sometime next year.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Health lists two approved physicians in Franklin County — Marianne Herr-Paul of Greencastle and William Ware of Upper Chichester. However, Upper Chichester is located in Delaware County.

Three other local medical marijuana operations are making preparations:

Firefly Dispensaries is building a dispensary at 1737 Lincoln Way East near the Chambersburg Walmart. Organic Remedies is making a dispensary out of the former Sheetz store at Wayne Avenue and Orchard Drive, Chambersburg. A grower/processor — Grassroots Cannabis, part of AES Compassionate Care LLC — is converting a former factory at 1086 Wayne Ave., Chambersburg.

Ilera Healthcare can begin accepting seeds and clones to grow medical marijuana. The operation is fully integrated with the seed-to-sale tracking system. It passed

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