York County's 2nd medical marijuana dispensary planned for W. Manchester Twp.

David Weissman
York Dispatch
Staff at RISE Steelton, a medical marijuana dispensary in Dauphin County, pose for a picture inside the dispensary's showroom. (Photo courtesy of Jonathon Gusdorff)

Work is expected to begin on York County's second medical marijuana dispensary next week, just days after the first opens its doors to patients.

Demolition is scheduled to begin the week of June 11 at the former Yorktown Pools building, at 4395 W. Market St. in West Manchester Township, where the county's second dispensary is slated to open later this summer.

The dispensary, RISE York, will be operated by KW Ventures Holdings LLC, which is one of four companies that have been awarded state permits for dispensaries in York County's region.

Each permit holder is allowed to open up to three dispensaries in the region, according to state Department of Health regulations.

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Jonathan Gusdorff, managing partner of the Delaware County-based venture that conducts business as Firefly Dispensaries, said the plan was initially to open dispensaries in Steelton, Carlisle and Chambersburg.

RISE Carlisle and RISE Steelton are already operating, but an "unexpected circumstance" related to real estate costs at their planned location in Chambersburg caused the company to look elsewhere, Gusdorff said.

The interior waiting room at RISE Carlisle, one of two medical marijuana dispensaries operated by Firefly Dispensaries, which plans to open another location in York County during summer 2018. (Photo courtesy of GTI)

York County turned out to be a desirable location because of a large patient population, two major hospitals and a progressive mentality on marijuana as evidenced by York City's decriminalization ordinance, he said.

The company will be actively involved in addressing the county's opioid epidemic, Gusdorff said, by working with local groups to supply Narcan to the community.

Opioid addiction was recently added to the state's list of approved conditions for a patient to receive a medical marijuana prescription.

The location switch from Chambersburg to West Manchester Township was approved by the state, Department of Health spokesman Nate Wardle confirmed.

The dispensary will be looking to hire about a dozen employees with a preference for local workers, Gusdorff said.

RISE Dispensaries is the brand of Chicago-based GTI, whose partners include former Baltimore Ravens player Eugene Monroe.

Gusdorff said his company's partnership with GTI — which was awarded its own permit to operate a dispensary in Erie County — didn't develop until after they submitted their application to the state.

GTI, which also operates or has plans to operate dispensaries in Maryland, Massachusetts and Nevada, has expertise, history and success in the industry that Firefly is hoping to leverage, Gusdorff said.

The county's first dispensary, Knox Medical, opened to patients Tuesday, June 5, in Penn Township.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.