A Centre County business can start working toward dispensing marijuana.
On Thursday, the state Department of Health announced 27 permits for medical marijuana dispensaries.
“This has been a highly competitive process and the department received hundreds of quality applications,” said John Collins, director of the Office of Medical Marijuana, in a release. “Once this program is fully operational, patients with serious medical conditions will have locations throughout the commonwealth where they can purchase medication to help in their treatment. We remain on track to provide medication to patients in 2018.”
Two of the permits were announced for the north-central area of the state. One of those was for PA Health and Wellness LLC, located at 2105 N. Atherton Street, State College. The other went to Keystone Center of Integrative Wellness LLC in Williamsport in Lycoming County.
Lebanon Wellness Center LLC in Altoona received a permit in the south-central region.
According to the state, there will be 52 dispensaries permitted in Pennsylvania. While each permit allows three centers, not all of the companies awarded plan to open multiple locations at this time, according to the DOH.
There were 280 applications submitted for dispensaries.