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June 20, 2017

Here are the 12 winners of permits to grow medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

As part of the continued rollout of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program, the Department of Health announced Tuesday the initial 12 winners of permits to grow and process the drug.

The locations of the permit holders are spread out, two-a-piece, among the six regions created for the program. The department released the names of both companies in each region, and produced a map showing the location of all companies.

There are flags on the map, marking the sites of each medical marijuana growing and processing facility, however, it's unclear exactly which company is at each specific location.

A health department spokesperson told PhillyVoice that forthcoming information would clarify this, and this article will be updated accordingly.

In the Southeast Region, which includes Philadelphia and the surrounding suburban counties, both permit winners are in Berks County.

Here are the names of the medical marijuana growers for each region, along with the map:

Southeastern Region

• Prime Wellness of PA
• Franklin Labs

Northeast Region

• Pennsylvania Medican Solutions
• Standard Farms

Southcentral Region

• Ilera Healthcare
• AES Compassionate Care

Northcentral Region

• Terrapin Investment Fund 1
• GTI Pennsylvania

Southwest Region

• AGRiMED Industries of PA
• PurePenn

Northeast Region

• Holistic Farms
• Cresco Yelrah

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This map shows the locations of the 12 initial winners of permits to grow medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.

The department received 177 applications from medical marijuana growers and processors, and all applicants will be getting a notice today informing them of their status. Denied applicants can submit an appeal.

All 12 winners will have six months to become operational. If they fail to do so, the department will give them a period of time to remedy the situation before reviewing their status again.

Each medical marijuana grower will have to conduct their operation in an "indoor, enclosed and secure facility," said John C. Collins, director of the Office of Medical Marijuana.

Ultimately, the state plans to have 25 growers.

Collins said that the program was still on track to start serving patients by 2018, but declined to give a more specific timetable.

The initial 27 winners of dispensary permits will be announced by the end of June. Pennsylvania's medical marijuana law allows 50 holders of such permits, with each allowed to operate up to three dispensaries. The exact amount of dispensaries operated by the first wave of permit holders has yet to be determined.

Earlier this month, temporary regulations were set for doctors administering the drug. A physician registry and regulations for patients for caregivers will be released in July.