Local zoning board postpones City Avenue medical marijuana dispensary hearing

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., announced the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment postponed today’s appeal hearing for the Medical Marijuana Dispensary to be located at 5058 City Ave.

“I would like to personally thank the leadership of the Wynnefield Residents’ Association for disputing the proposed permit for this site. This community has made it clear that they should be included in this process, and their opposition to the facility should matter,” Cephas said. “A dispensary could have a serious impact on our community socially and economically. If located at this site, there will be an increase in traffic congestion; there is a middle school close by the facility; and the community has had challenges with the previous business at the site. As we continue our ongoing dialog, I want to make sure all parties are at the table and represented.

“The administration has done a wonderful job of getting this program up and running quickly. I truly believe that medical cannabis could be essential to an individual’s treatment and a great medical alternative for those in need. However, we have to make sure the community is aware of and participating in the process in determining their placement.”

Cephas recently sent a letter to Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine calling for a moratorium on the licensing process for marijuana dispensaries in Pennsylvania until a series of procedures are put in place to ensure appropriate communication between the Health Department, elected officials and the community.

The zoning hearing for the medical marijuana dispensary has been rescheduled for 9:30 a.m. Feb. 26.