SHAMOKIN — Shamokin’s first marijuana dispensary operated by Harvest House of Cannabis is scheduled to open Tuesday, pending final inspection of the facility.
Outside and inside renovation work at the dispensary, which is located at a former bank building at the corner of Independence and Shamokin streets, began in early April and finished earlier this week.
Shamokin officials toured the facility Thursday afternoon.
Mayor John Brown described the House of Cannabis as an “amazing facility.” He said, “The technology and security are incredible.”
He added, “Another vacant building has been turned into a revenue-generating feature to our downtown and this is another step toward economic growth in the city.”
Brown said the economic and medical benefits that the dispensary will bring to the city are only part of what Harvest has to offer in terms of being a community partner.
He concluded, “I’m happy to welcome Harvest to Shamokin.”
James M. Barb Construction Inc., of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was the general contractor for the project. A.J. Pismarov was the construction superintendent.
Dem360, LLC, of Hagerstown, Maryland, installed security cameras, video, surveillance equipment, an alarm system, access control devices and information technology equipment at Harvest House of Cannabis.
David Hines is the new store opening manager for Harvest, which has its corporate office in Tempe, Arizona.
The facility, which will employ several people, will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. All approved medical marijuana patients must go through a consultation process at Harvest to receive their prescriptions.
In December, Shamokin was awarded two of the 23 dispensary permits by the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued during Phase II of the state’s medical marijuana program.
Of the six regions in the state, only two dispensaries were awarded in the Northcentral region, both in Shamokin. The two companies to have dispensaries in the city are Harvest of North Central PA LLC, at 520 N. Shamokin St., and PharmaCann Penn LLC, which initially planned to locate at 235 W. Spruce St., but is currently seeking a new location.
The former bank building at 520 N. Shamokin St. last served as the temporary offices for the Shamokin-Coal Township Joint Sewer Authority.
Harvest of North Central PA LLC reports 11 company officers.
In addition to Shamokin, Harvest of North Central PA has or will open dispensaries in Reading, Scranton, Harrisburg, Johnstown and New Castle.
Harvest is a multi-state operator with more than 60 medical marijuana licenses across 11 states. The company has been awarded a license in every state it’s applied in and now is a public entity.