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Medical marijuana growers approved in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Jacob Tierney
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Three new medical marijuana growers are coming soon to Western Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced 13 companies chosen from among 91 applicants interested in opening grower/processor facilities as part of “phase II” of the state’s medical marijuana program.

Maitri Genetics in O’Hara Township, Allegheny County, Hanging Gardens in Johnstown, Cambria County, and PennAlt Organics in Lemont Furnace, Fayette County, beat out 20 other applicants in Pennsylvania’s Southwest region.

PennAlt had the highest scoring overall application in the state, according to the Department of Health.

The 13 new growers will double the number of facilities in Pennsylvania.

Details about the approved applications will not be made available until November, according to the state.

Maitri is already active in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program. The company last year received permits to operate dispensaries in Uniontown and Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood. It plans to open the Uniontown dispensary next month and its East Liberty location sometime this fall, according to CEO Corinne Ogrodnik.

Meanwhile, the company will move quickly to transform a 50,000-square-foot facility in RIDC Park on O’Hara into a greenhouse and marijuana processing facility now that it has received its permit.

“We’re elated, and just looking ahead at all the hard work ahead of us,” Ogrodnik said.

She said the facility will likely produce the full range of medical marijuana products allowed under state law — dry leaf, salves, concentrates, tinctures, ointments and pills.

The first crop will be planted within six months, Ogrodnik said.

The facility will have about 24 workers to start and could double that as it approaches full capacity, she said.

Maitri will be Allegheny County’s second grower/processor facility. PurePenn in McKeesport was approved during Phase One last year and recently announced an upcoming expansion.

The state is expected to announce permits for 23 new medical marijuana dispensaries later this year. It received 166 applications.

Since taking effect in 2016, more than 52,000 patients and 1,000 doctors have registered in the state’s medical marijuana program.

The full list of growers approved Tuesday is below:

Highest Scoring

  • PennAlt Organics Inc

Southeast Region

  • DocHouse LLC
  • Agri-Kind LLC

Northeast Region

  • Pier Cove LLC
  • PharmaCann Penn Plant LLC

Southcentral Region

  • Green Leaf Medicals, LLC
  • Whole Plants LLC

Northcentral Region

  • INSA, LLC
  • Parea BioSciences, LLC

Southwest Region

  • Maitri Genetics, LLC
  • Hanging Gardens LLC

Northwest Region

  • Calypso Enterprises, LLC
  • FarmaceuticalRx, LLC

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter @Soolseem.

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