Staff at RISE Steelton, a medical marijuana dispensary in Dauphin County, pose for a picture inside the dispensary’s show room. (Photo courtesy of Jonathon Gusdorff)(Photo: Submitted)

Work is expected to begin on York County’s second medical marijuana dispensary next week, just days after the first opens its doors to patients.

Demolition is scheduled to begin the week of June 11 at the former Yorktown Pools building, at 4395 W. Market St. in West Manchester Township, where the county’s second dispensary is slated to open later this summer.

The dispensary, RISE York, will be operated by KW Ventures Holdings LLC, which is one of four companies that have been awarded state permits to do so in York County’s region.

Each permit holder is allowed to open up to three dispensaries in the region, according to state Department of Health regulations.

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Jonathan Gusdorff, managing partner of the Delaware County-based venture that conducts business as Firefly Dispensaries, said the plan was initially to open dispensaries in Steelton, Carlisle and Chambersburg.

RISE Carlisle and RISE Steelton are already operating, but an “unexpected circumstance” related to real estate costs at their planned location in Chambersburg caused the company to look elsewhere, Gusdorff said.

The interior waiting room at RISE Carlisle, one of two medical marijuana dispensaries operated by Firefly Dispensaries, which plans to open another location in York County during summer 2018. (Photo courtesy of GTI) (Photo: Submitted)

York County turned out to be a desirable location due to a large patient population, two major hospitals and a progressive mentality on marijuana as evidenced by York City’s decriminalization ordinance, he said.


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