Vote to set stage for medical marijuana in Lower Paxton

Although it doesn’t clearly say it on the meeting agenda, Lower Paxton Township supervisors are expected Tuesday evening to designate areas where businesses in the medical marijuana industry that’s gearing up in Pennsylvania can set up shop.  (The planned vote is listed under old business as Ordinance 17-05 with no mention of medical marijuana.)

Municipal officials across the state are doing the same thing so they’re prepared if a medical marijuana entrepreneur approaches them for permission to locate a manufacturing facility or dispensary in their area. No proposed facilities have been discussed to date during public meetings in Lower Paxton.

The proposal would allow growing and manufacturing operations to be located in the industrial park that is south of Union Deposit Road along I-83 and along a stretch of Rt. 22 on the eastern side of the township. Meanwhile,  dispensaries would be allowed along the commercial district on Jonestown Road/Rt. 22 and near I-81 in the Linglestown area.

By the way, the marijuana that will be prescribed by doctors starting next year for cancer, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease and several other “serious medical conditions” isn’t the type that is smoked. The drug can be dispensed only in pill, oil, liquid, cream, solution or vaporization form – sorry, no dry leaves and little to no marijuana buzz will occur.

The supervisors will meet at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 4 at the municipal center at 425 Prince Street. Meetings are also televised on Comcast and Verizon cable systems.

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