WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A company seeking to develop a medical-marijuana growing and processing facility in Washington Township, Pa., has terminated its land agreement.
The Waynesboro Industrial Development Corp. received notice that partners in SusqueCanna Pharma were withdrawing their application for one of Pennsylvania’s first medical-marijuana permits and would terminate their agreement for Lot 7 of the Wharf Road Industrial Park, said L. Michael Ross, president of Franklin County (Pa.) Area Development Corp.
“It was notification without explanation of what caused them to withdraw,” Ross said Monday.
Two partners in SusqueCanna Pharma didn’t return telephone calls seeking comment. Their attorney declined through a receptionist to take a reporter’s call.
The business is not listed on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website as an applicant for a grower/processor permit.
SusqueCanna Pharma was planning to develop greenhouses and employ about 50 people at the industrial park in Zullinger, Pa.
State officials said they might award the initial 25 grower/processor permits later this month.
Franklin County is one of 13 counties in a “south-central region” slated to receive two grower/processor permits and four dispensary permits.
Pennsylvania law requires those applying for one of its processor/grower permits to have $2 million in capital, with at least $500,000 of that in a bank.
The law allows for marijuana in pills, liquids, topical ointments and other forms of nonsmokable medication.
Ross said he was surprised to learn of SusqueCanna Pharma’s withdrawal when notice came six weeks ago.
Viridis Medicine LLC, an unrelated entity, planned to apply for a dispensary permit for a Wayne Avenue property in Chambersburg, Pa.
That company is listed by the state as an applicant for the south-central region.