Over 900 Applicants Expected for Pennsylvania Cannabis Licenses

When State Bill 3 was signed into law April 17th, 2016, Pennsylvania joined neighboring states New York, Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware in legalizing cannabis for medical use. 10 months later, potential licensees are less than 3 weeks from submitting applications in hopes of securing a Phase 1 permit to grow or dispense cannabis.

As part of Phase 1, the state will award 12 Grow/Processing licenses and 27 Dispensing licenses.  Eventually, there will be 25 Grow/Processing permits and 150 Dispensary permits across the state. Each dispensary permit allows for up to 3 physical locations. Regulations allow for only 5 vertically integrated operations, meaning the same organization holds a Grow/Processor and Dispensary permit.

In an effort to maintain transparency, the Department of Health will accept questions from applicants through February 7th and make the answers available on the DOH Medical Marijuana Program website. The application window closes on March 20th, 2017.

Completed applications will be evaluated on 30 criteria, including diversity and community impact, with winning licenses announced up to 90 days thereafter. If selected, applicants will have 6 months to complete their operation and be ready for inspection.

For those looking to enter apply for a Pennsylvania cannabis license, there are significant cost considerations. Prospective cultivation licensees are required to pay a $10,000 nonrefundable fee whereas Dispensary applicants will need to pay $5,000. Additionally, a permit fee of $200,000 for cultivation and $30,000 for dispensaries is also required, though refunded if the permit is denied. Lastly, applicants must provide proof of capital; $2,000,000 for Grow and $150,000 for Dispensaries.

Applicants should be prepared to study the regulations in addition to providing detailed plans in the following areas:

  • Corporate Leadership and Organizational Chart
  • Background Checks
  • Facility Location and Proper Zoning
  • Inventory Control Plan
  • Security Plan
  • Compliance Plan

For more information, or to contact a BioTrackTHC Account Representative, please click here to be redirected to our Pennsylvania Knowledge Base.

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