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Apply to Grow and Sell Medical Marijuana in Pa.



Let the green rush begin.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Tuesday released application forms to grow and distribute medical marijuana in the Keystone State.
Up to 25 grower-processor and 50 dispensary permits are up for grabs. But getting into the game will come at a steep price.
A non-refundable check for $10,000 must accompany every application for a growing operation. The non-refundable ante for a dispensary license, which will allow the winner to operate up to three storefronts, will set applicants back $5,000.
The state is anticipating about 900 individuals and corporations will apply, said John Collins, director of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program during an afternoon phone conference with reporters. Applications will only be accepted from Feb. 20 to Mar. 20.
The selection committee at the Department of Health will evaluate each on 30 criteria. The most heavily-weighted categories, comprising 20 percent of the total points, are diversity and community impact. Aspiring owners and contractors must discuss what roles minorities, veterans, and women will play in their operations. Applicants also will need to submit a statement on the impact their businesses will have on their communities. 


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