York County welcomes second medical marijuana dispensary

Renovations are underway at York County’s second medical marijuana dispensary, which is expected to open this summer at 4395 W. Market St. in West Manchester Township.

The dispensary is slated to open on the site of a building formerly used by Yorktown Pools and is now scheduled for demolition, starting this week.

The dispensary will be known as RISE York and will be operated by KW Ventures Holdings LLC, said Jonathan Gusdorff, managing partner for KW, which is based in the Philadelphia suburb of Havertown.

KW initially planned to open its dispensaries under the name Firefly Dispensaries, but after partnering with Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries, a new brand name – RISE – was adopted. 

The organization intended on opening locations in Steelton, Carlisle and Chambersburg, but because of real estate issues at the Chambersburg location, KW shifted to York. RISE Steelton and RISE Carlisle dispensaries are already up and running.

“York County ended up being a very a good fit,” Gusdorff said, adding that a real estate developer reached out to KW to proposing the West Market Street location. “We think the city is the right size and as a physician, I was pleased that there are two hospitals … We think we can really help the community.”

As defined by the Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program, a “serious medical condition” is defined as any one of the following:

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Autism Cancer, including remission therapy Crohn’s disease Damage to the nervous tissue of the central nervous system (brain-spinal cord) with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, and other associated neuropathies Dyskinetic and spastic movement disorders Epilepsy Glaucoma HIV / AIDS Huntington’s disease Inflammatory bowel disease Intractable seizures Multiple sclerosis Neurodegenerative diseases Neuropathies Opioid-use disorder for which conventional therapeutic interventions are contraindicated or ineffective, or for which adjunctive therapy is indicated

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