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PA: More Entities Appeal Medical Marijuana Permit Denials

Ron Strider

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At least three of six entities seeking medical marijuana permits from the state Department of Health in Schuylkill County have appealed their denials.

TheraBloom Inc. has appealed the denial by the DOH for their application for a medical marijuana grower/processor permit. Alexander van Hoekelen, of Van Hoekelen Greenhouses, Kline Twp., said Monday they appealed Friday, which was the deadline.

"We pretty much appealed to show that we cared," he said Monday.

He said the company has been in business 30 years and has a good reputation.

"We're not sore losers. We put a lot of time and money into this process," he said.

They appealed on several grounds: business history and capacity to operate, site and facility plan, diversity plan and community impact.

"They (DOH) weren't so clear on how the scoring went," he said.

The company scored 688.63 out of 1,000 points.

If anything, they want to get more answers on why they scored the way they did. The DOH sent letters to applicants with basic information. He had concerns about how he sees the lengthy appeals process might delay the full implementation of the medical marijuana and hurt those who need it most.

John Collins, director of the Office of Medical Marijuana, said in a statement "they remain on track to fulfill the Wolf administration's commitment to deliver medical marijuana to patients in 2018."

The Herbal Care Association LLC, listed with a business address of 1020 Chestnut Road, West Brunswick, applied for a permit. Roy A. Heim is listed as the primary contact. Heim said Monday he appealed the decision but didn't give a reason. A score for the company is not listed on the DOH website.

A company called KEEN MEDS LLC with a business address of 1801 Market St., Suite 2300, Philadelphia, applied for a permit to develop on the location of 284 State Route Highway in Tremont. The registered agent for the application is Joseph T. Kelly III, also with an address of 1801 Market St., Suite 2300, Philadelphia.

They received a score of 695.05 out of 1,000 points.

CAPS PRODUCTION LLC with an address of 1650 Arch St. Suite 2700, Philadelphia, applied for a permit with a location of the west side of Interstate 81 (northwest of the intersection of I-81 and state Route 25) in Tremont. The primary contact is listed as Pat Bello. They received a score of 601.54 out of 1,000 points.

Bluestone Biomedical LLC with an address listed of 6105 Millbank Drive, Mechanicsburg, applied for a permit for a location of 2317 Sherman's Mountain Road, Hegins. The primary contact is listed as Narcisco (Nick) Rodriguez-Cayro, a lawyer with the law firm of Stevens & Lee, 17 N. Second St. Harrisburg. They received a score of 615.46.

The DOH did not provide information when requested if KEEN MEDS LLC, CAPS PRODUCTION LLC, OR Bluestone Biomedical LLC appealed the denial of their permits.

DocHouse LLC, Elkins Park, also appealed the denial of its permit before the deadline. They facility was proposed for Norwegian Township.

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