Squirrel Hill, Oakland, Lawrenceville, Monroeville getting medical marijuana dispensaries

Which means three are within the Pittsburgh city limits.

Marijuana Plant
MJ Slaby

Updated, 5:46 p.m.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued 27 permits across the state for medical marijuana dispensaries on Thursday. Two of those are for companies with primary locations in Allegheny County — Maitri Medicinals and Keystone Relief Centers.

Each permitted company can open up to three dispensaries and has six months to become operational, per a state news release. There are 52 dispensaries total.

Here’s what’s expected to be coming to Allegheny County:

  • Maitri Medicinals, 2846 Blvd of the Allies in Oakland. This is their primary dispensary, and there will be a second one in Uniontown.
  • Keystone Relief Centers, 3885 Forward Ave in Squirrel Hill. This dispensary is backed by Allegheny County’s first executive, Jim Roddey as well as Nicholas Geanopulos, a Downtown Pittsburgh restaurant owner and gambling lobbyist. The Pittsburgh location is the primary dispensary with a second location in Zelienople, Pa.
  • Keystone Integrated Care, 5200 Harrison St. in Lawrenceville. Their primary location is in Greensburg, the Pittsburgh location is second, a third will be in Cranberry Township.
  • The Healing Center, 130 Mall Circle Blvd in Monroeville. The Allegheny County location is their secondary dispensary. The primary is in Washington, Pa. and a third is in Cranberry, Pa.

Here’s the full list of permits across the state from the Department of Health.

John Collins, director of the Office of Medical Marijuana, told reporters earlier this month the state received 280 applications for dispensaries. In late May, The Incline reported there were at least five applications within the city limits. Two of those got permits.

On July 13 at 1:30 p.m., Pittsburgh City Council will have a post-agenda hearing on medical marijuana at the request of Councilman Corey O’Connor. Plans are for the hearing to focus on the medical aspect, with testimony expected from several experts, as well as state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-17), who helped shepherd the bill through the legislature. Officials said companies with local grower/processor and dispensary permits will also be invited.

On June 20, PurePenn received one of 12 permits in the state to grow and process marijuana in McKeesport. Overall, Allegheny County will have one grower and four dispensaries, per this map from the DOH.

weed map
Pa. Department of Health