Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Department of Health began implementing the state’s Medical Marijuana Program, which was signed into law on April 17. Full implementation of the program is expected to take between 18 and 24 months. When fully put into action, the Medical Marijuana Program is expected to provide access to medical marijuana for patients with a serious medical condition through a safe and effective method of delivery that balances patient need for access to the latest treatments with patient care and safety.
At least one Pennsylvania greenhouse grower has already decided to enter this market and is applying to the state for permission to grow medical marijuana.
According to an article in the Altoona Mirror (payment required to read the full article), Allen Wagner of Wagner’s Greenhouse in Grandview, PA, hopes to become one of 25 applicants — among as many as 150 — chosen for a grower-processor license.
If chosen, he’ll harvest 200 pounds of the plant per week and ship it for processing.
Wagner admitted to supervisors that security would be a concern, and said he’d be willing to meet with township police to review his security plan, while remaining open to their suggestions.
So far, his own security plan includes fencing, exterior lights, cameras, motion detectors coupled with an alarm system, electronically locking doors and security card entry, he said.
For other growers considering venturing into this market, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has set up a frequently asked questions website with information on the application process.