This is a developing story.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today announced the names and locations of companies that will be permitted to sell medical marijuana in the state.
The reveal came in a news release issued Thursday at 1:15 p.m..
Each of the 27 winners have the right to operate three storefronts. Though there were 81 dispensaries allowed by law, many applicants chose not to ask for additional outlets. As it stands, only 52 will open sometime next year.
“They’ll have the ability to put in for their second or third locations after their first is up and running,” said health department spokeswoman April Hutcheson.
All applicants had been required to ante up a $5,000 fee just to apply. In addition, the companies had to post a $30,000 deposit — refundable only to the losers — per desired dispensary. Each winner’s storefronts are required to be in different counties.