York group partners with Washington company to seek medical marijuana permit

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Five-Leaf Remedies grows vegetables in a hydroponic growing area while vying for a permit to be one of the first medical marijuana grower/processors in the state. Wochit

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Five-Leaf Remedies grows vegetables in a hydroponic growing area while vying for a permit to be one of the first medical marijuana grower/processors in the state, in York City, Thursday, June 8, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo(Photo: The York Dispatch)Buy Photo

If at first you don’t succeed, join up with one of the nation’s largest marijuana producers and try again.

That’s the strategy being employed by York City-based Five-Leaf Remedies, which partnered with Washington state-based Grow Op Farms in submitting its application to the state seeking a medical marijuana business permit.

Grow Op is the parent company of the Phat Panda brand sold at hundreds of retail stores across Washington state, where recreational marijuana sales have been legal since 2014.

Five-Leaf — whose investors include local architect Frank Dittenhafer; Robin Rohrbaugh, president and CEO of the Community Progress Council; and Bobby Simpson, CEO of the Crispus Attucks Association of York — submitted its applications for grower/processor and dispensary permits to the state Department of Health just ahead of the May 17 deadline, according to spokeswoman Christina Kauffman.

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The benefit corporation had received a variance ordinance from York City Council to turn a warehouse at 213 E. Poplar St. into a medical marijuana growing/processing facility, but did not receive any of the permits awarded after the first round of applications.

Kauffman told The York Dispatch that the group was unlikely to reapply for a second round of permits because the state wasn’t clear on how they could improve their application,

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