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BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. – Bethlehem Township commissioners held a listening to on permitting a medical marijuana dispensary to open within the township.

Justice Grown, which operates a dispensary in Luzerne County and plans to open one other in Lackawanna County, needs to open a dispensary at 3650 Nazareth Pike (Linden Road).

The Nazareth Pike location is simply north of Oakland Highway, Josh Early Candies and the border with town of Bethlehem, in a strip mall often known as the Bethlehem Village Retailers.

Abbe Kruger, head of Pennsylvania operations for the dispensary, described the prolonged and extremely regulated approval course of the enterprise went by way of on the state stage to get a allow, below questioning from her legal professional, Stanley Margle.

The dispensary would serve about 800 sufferers weekly, be open no later than 7 p.m. and make use of a safety guard. Kruger mentioned she has had no safety or crime issues on the Edwardsville, Luzerne County, location, which opened final yr.

Smoking marijuana itself isn’t allowed for medical use in Pennsylvania. Kruger mentioned the commonest authorized use is thru vaping cartridges.

The dispensary would have eight to 10 staff on responsibility at any time, with safety cameras on the perimeter, an enclosed storage to just accept deliveries and no obtrusive indicators. Vans that ship marijuana “should be unmarked” she mentioned, and on the township’s request, could be unloaded in a storage, not within the open.

Use of marijuana in any kind is not going to be allowed on the premises, she mentioned, and the realm outdoors shall be monitored.

Kruger mentioned she plans to open Justice Grown within the township as quickly as attainable and undoubtedly by yr’s finish.

The board didn’t vote on the applying Monday evening, pending assessment of plans. A last vote shall be taken at a future assembly.

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