Northampton County’s first medical marijuana dispensary licensee needs to open at the Bethlehem address listed on its state permit application, not its preferred Bethlehem Township location five miles east.
GuadCo LLC has less than six months to renovate the building at 1309 Stefko Blvd. to make it operational in the eyes of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which last week nixed the company’s request to instead open its first dispensary on Baglyos Circle off Emrick Boulevard in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VI.
While somewhat frustrated with the health department, GuadCo is confident it can pivot and meet the state’s Dec. 29 deadline, company general counsel Pat Gregory said Monday. It hopes to open the Keystone Canna Remedies dispensary in the first quarter of 2018.
“We are very happy with the Stefko site,” Gregory said. “We’re working on architectural plans now and hope to begin construction in September.”
Gregory said GuadCo most likely will lease from a third party that has an agreement of sale for the property.
Thomas Grello of Salisbury Township has owned the Stefko Boulevard property since