A Massachusetts firm is proposing to build a 50,000 square-foot medical marijuana growing and processing facility on the Old Trail in Shamokin Dam.
Peter Gallagher of INSA, a firm that opened a medical marijuana dispensary in Easthampton, Massachusetts, in February and will soon open a second facility in Springfield, Massachusetts, spoke to borough officials this week about his plan to apply for a state license to grow marijuana for medical purposes on the northern section of the Sunbury Generation property, Shamokin Dam manager Ed Hovenstine said.
“It’s an approved use,” said Hovenstine said of the property’s zoning.
Gallagher did not return calls to his office.
Joe Zokaites, a principal at Arcova Development who is working with INSA on subdivision issues, said the state’s deadline for applying for a license to operate a medical marijuana growing or dispensary facility is Thursday.
“He’s hard at work getting that done,” said Zokaites.
Pennsylvania Department of Health is accepting applications for medical marijuana dispensary and growing permits until Thursday from which it will issue 13 additional permits for growers and processors and 23 dispensary permits.
In the first round of applications last June, the state issued permits to 23 dispensaries and 12 growers, including one in Danville. Green Thumb Industries is currently growing cannabis in a 70,000 square-foot building on the site of the former TRW factory and employs about 20 with plans to add another 80 workers in the next few years.
The facility being proposed in Shamokin Dam is a 50,000-square-foot greenhouse type building with “all the necessary securities,” said Zokaites.