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O'Hara approves medical marijuana facility

Tawnya Panizzi
| Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, 1:36 p.m.
O’Hara council on Oct. 9 will consider an application by Maitri Medicinals to grow and process marijuana at its RIDC Park site.
O’Hara council on Oct. 9 will consider an application by Maitri Medicinals to grow and process marijuana at its RIDC Park site.

Owners of a medical marijuana facility were approved on Oct. 9 to open a greenhouse in O’Hara.

Council green-lighted an application by Maitri Medicinals to use its RIDC Park facility to grow and process marijuana.

The warehouse is at 575 Epsilon Drive.

Maitri earlier this summer was among 13 chosen from 91 applicants interested in opening grower/processor facilities as part of the state’s Phase 2 medical marijuana program.

Maitri, along with Hanging Gardens in Johnstown and Penn-Alt Organics in Lemont Furnace, beat out 20 other applicants in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Those growers join others in Carmichaels, McKeesport and New Castle, bringing to six the number of growers in the region. Statewide, 25 marijuana growers currently are licensed to operate.

Maitri’s Epsilon Drive facility is a 50,000-square-foot building that will be transformed into a greenhouse. The township’s planning commission reviewed the application in September and recommended it for approval.

Owners said the site will produce a full range of medical marijuana products allowed under state law, which includes dry leaf, salves, concentrates, ointments and pills. A first crop will be planted by spring.

Maitri already has permits to operate dispensaries, which are licensed separately from growing operations, in Uniontown and East Liberty.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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