Hanna announces medical marijuana grower/processor coming to Clinton County
HARRISBURG, June 20 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, today said the state Department of Health announced Clinton County was awarded one of 12 permits to grow and process medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Terrapin Investment Funds 1 LLC, was one of the successful applicants.
Terrapin Investment Funds 1 LLC intends to locate the Terrapin Care Station in a former modular home site along Henry Street in South Avis, Pine Creek Township.
According to the Department of Health, two permits were issued per region throughout the state. A total of 177 prospective grower/processor applications and 280 dispensary applications were received.
Owner and founder of Terrapin Care Station Christopher Woods, although originally from Pennsylvania, is an entrepreneur from Colorado. Prior to today’s announcement, the national company had been awarded six other licenses and has five retail location in four cities.
Hanna said an estimated 30 to 50 jobs will be created with an average pay of $40,000 with benefits.
“These are family-sustaining jobs,” Hanna said. “It is encouraging to see large companies come to our region with the intent of providing livable wages to many residents.”
Growers/processors will have six months to become operational at which time they will begin to grow marijuana plants and process them into pills, liquids, oil or topical forms. Doctors will be allowed to prescribe the processed marijuana oil for a variety of ailments, from cancer to intractable pain.
"I am happy to see a company expand into this market to provide medicine to patients in need,” Hanna said. “This initiative is sure to boost our local economy.”
The Department of Health noted that the application process was very competitive and one that was not cheap. Growers had to pay a nonrefundable $10,000 application fee, submit a $200,000 permit fee (nonrefundable if unsuccessful) and provide proof of $2 million in capital.
Gov. Tom Wolf signed S.B. 3 into law on April 17, 2016, making medical marijuana available in 2018. While Pennsylvania is one of 29 states and the District of Columbia that legalized medical marijuana, the commonwealth is the first state to list autism as one of the disorders, conditions and diseases that medical cannabis may be used to treat. The list also includes post-traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, cancer and other serious conditions.
For an entire list of serious medical conditions and for more information, visit www.health.pa.gov.