Allentown's first medical marijuana dispensary to hold grand opening next week
Allentown’s first medical marijuana dispensary will open its doors in June.
Mission Pennsylvania will hold three open houses next week at the dispensary, 2733 W. Emmaus Ave., in front of the Emmaus Avenue Plaza in south Allentown. The business will begin accepting patients June 12, according to a news release.
The events June 5, 6 and 7 are open to the public and will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mission Partners LLC, a subsidiary of Phoenix-based management consulting firm 4Front Ventures, was one of two medical marijuana firms issued permits in June 2017 to open initial dispensaries in the Lehigh Valley. 4Front has helped secure approximately 50 medical marijuana licenses in states across the country. It operates, or will soon operate, dispensaries under the Mission platform in Illinois, Massachusetts and Maryland.
The Pennsylvania business has partnered with a fifth-generation Lehigh Valley native, Ari Molovinsky. The Allentown dispensary, a former MP Outfitters shop, is 2,900 square feet and will initially have six full-time employees.
MP Outfitters relocated its store into another space in the same shopping center.
Ari Molovinsky, principal of Mission Pennsylvania Ari Molovinsky, principal of Mission Pennsylvania (Handout)
Mission’s permit allows it to open two other dispensary locations in northeastern Pennsylvania, but they can’t be in Lehigh County. Keystone Canna Remedies, which opened the state’s first dispensary in February on Stefko Boulevard in Bethlehem, has said it will likely open its second location somewhere in Lehigh County.
4Front and Mission executives, including co-founder and president Kris Krane and director of retail operations Don Schaefer, will attend the open houses.
Riley Cote, a former Philadelphia Flyers player and co-founder of Athletes For Care, a nonprofit that advocates for “research, education, and compassion when addressing important health issues facing athletes and the public at