First medical marijuana dispensary to open in White Township – Indiana Gazette

An Ayr Wellness medical marijuana dispensary is targeted to open June 1 at the former Rent-A-Center store at 2244 Oakland Ave., White Township.

This will be the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in the Indiana area, with the closest other dispensaries being in Johnstown.

“This is the first dispensary in White Township,” said White Township Manager Chris Anderson. “No other dispensary has tried to move in before. We never received a permit application or development package from one.”

Howard Lavin, a partner of Oakland Developers, said he worked with his partner through Oakland, as well as Altoona real estate agent Bob Varner and Greensburg realtor Vicki Pilato to purchase the property to rent to Ayr Wellness. Lavin said establishing a dispensary in Indiana is important because of the area’s lack of access to medical cannabis.

“Indiana is an underserved area,” Lavin said. “There are no medical dispensaries anywhere near there.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Health could not be reached for current data, but according to DOH data provided in an Aug. 23, 2021, New Castle News article, there were zero dispensaries in Indiana despite the county’s more than 2,500 medical marijuana patients and 83,000 residents.

The DOH divides Pennsylvania into six regions to oversee

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