A historic firehouse in Pennsylvania will quickly turn out to be a medical marijuana dispensary, scheduled to open in Harrisburg on June 18 as Harvest of South Central PA. The new medicinal marijuana retailer is part of Harvest Health and Recreation, a vertically built-in hashish agency based mostly in Tempe, Arizona.
The new dispensary location is the previous house of the Camp Curtin Fire Station, which was judged to be out of date by the town in 1981. The constructing was then positioned on the National Register of Historic Places the identical yr. Until March, the previous hearth station was occupied by the Camp Curtin Bar-B-Que Station, which was in enterprise on the website for 30 years till it was closed to make room for Harvest of South Central PA. The firm secured a license to function a medical hashish dispensary on the location earlier this yr.
Renovation Restores Historic Building
Harvest carried out in depth renovations on the constructing to get the location prepared to open as a medical marijuana dispensary. Historic parts of the construction, together with the facade of the hearth station and a bell tower that was in peril of collapsing, have been preserved through the rehabilitation.
David Morrison, the chief director of the Historic Harrisburg Association, informed native media that he was happy that Harvest had preserved the bell tower. Although the property is a registered historic place, it doesn’t take pleasure in any protections to keep its unique character.
“It looks like they’re doing a wonderful job,” Morrison stated. “It’s great for the neighborhood. It lifts the neighborhood up.”
He added that a new enterprise working within the location is the easiest way to maintain the constructing maintained and in good situation. Located in an economically depressed a part of the town, the previous firehouse would probably not be a fascinating website for a lot of different companies.
Harvest Health and Recreation Permit Controversary
In April, Harvest Health and Recreation raised eyebrows among the many hashish business and regulators when it introduced that it had secured seven medical marijuana permits in Pennsylvania, permitting it to function up to 21 dispensaries within the state. Under Department of Health laws, a single firm is prohibited from holding greater than 5 permits permitting the operation of up to 15 retail outlets. Following the announcement, the well being division requested Harvest to produce data detailing details about the possession of the permits. According to media studies, the corporate had created seven totally different companies with separate possession teams to acquire dispensary licenses in Pennsylvania. Results of the inquiry haven’t but been made public.
A well being division spokeswoman stated on Friday that the “matter involves an ongoing legal process. Once it is resolved we can provide more information.”