Proposed medical marijuana dispensary in Middletown

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Alexander Fox Person is the CEO and founder of Right to Health Medical Center.  

He hopes to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Middletown. He presented his proposal to Middletown Borough Council members Monday night.

“The meeting went great. I pretty much got overwhelming support from the Middletown residents that were in attendance and the council members seemed very open to a medical marijuana dispensary in Middletown,” said Person.

“The Gettysburg native and Air Force veteran is finishing up his human rights degree at Columbia University in New York. He hopes to move to Middletown next year to open the dispensary.

“I picked Middletown for the economic development that is going on. I think it would really coincide with what they are trying to do here. I also picked Middletown because of the local hospital communities. Within a 15 minute radius there is over 1,100 beds, there is also a number of senior communities and VA clinics nearby and think this is a community that I would love to serve,” said Person.

As he waits for the Department of Health to iron out the application process, he says he is getting everything in line to apply.

“There’s a thousand things to get done, one of which is finding a staff of pharmacist, finding investors, securing a location, having a connection with a bank in town. There is just a lot of things that need to be done to ensure a successful application once it becomes available later this year,” said Person.

There are no guarantees, only 50 dispensary permits will be awarded and the Department of Health says they have received over 100 inquiries.

“I know exactly how difficult this process is going to be and I am not underestimating that at all, and that’s why I am starting work now,” said Person.

According to Middletown Borough Councilwoman Diana McGlone, the Borough has not received any complaints from residents about the proposal. McGlone says the Middletown Borough Planning Commission is currently working on drafting amendments to the Borough’s zoning ordinances to allow a medical marijuana dispensary in a manufacturing or commercial zoned area only.

The current law already prohibits a dispensary from being close to a school or day care center.

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