GTI receives permission to move Erie County pot dispensary –

The owner cited environmental concerns with the original Fairview Township site.

David Bruce @ETNBruce

The owners of a proposed medical marijuana dispensary in Erie County have received permission from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to relocate it.

GTI LLC was originally scheduled to open the dispensary at 7789 West Ridge Road, Fairview Township. But the Chicago-based company’s owners applied to the health department to switch locations and permission was granted last week, said health department spokeswoman April Hutcheson.

“They asked the department for permission to move due to environmental concerns and it was approved,” Hutcheson said.

GTI President Pete Kadens had said the West Ridge Road property poses an environmental concern due to previously having underground gas tanks. He said in an email that a deal for the the dispensary’s new location has not been completed.

“We have not (received) approval for our new proposed location so there isn’t much to discuss at this point,” Kadens said. “In about one week we will know more.”

Hutcheson said GTI has not yet applied to the health department for a new location.

GTI, which stands for Green Thumb Industries, received licenses from the state to grow and dispense marijuana for medical purposes under the new Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program. It will grow marijuana in Danville and is permitted to dispense it at three locations, including one in Erie County.

The state’s Medical Marijuana Law was signed in April 2016. It provides access to medical marijuana to patients with one of 17 medical conditions, including cancer, autism, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

The owners of Cannabis Square LLC, an Erie-based company that competed against GTI for the dispensary permit, said in a news release that the health department should not allow the move because it proves the dispensary will not be operational within

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