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Jason Addy
  • Five-Leaf Remedies is looking to put a medical marijuana growing and processing facility at 213 E. Poplar St in York City.

A local company looking to open a medical marijuana growing and processing facility in York City is hosting a “neighborhood education” event at the proposed site Saturday after the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade kicks off.

Five-Leaf Remedies investors and team members will be at 213 E. Poplar St. from 2 to 4 p.m. to answer questions and share information with city residents about their proposal to convert the former tobacco warehouse into a medical marijuana facility.

A group of investors is looking to turn this warehouse in the 200 block of East Poplar Street in York City into a medical marijuana facility. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. John A. Pavoncello photo

Residents will able to look inside the warehouse to get a feel for the group’s plans, and Five-Leaf Remedies will have free food and drinks for those who stop by, according to a news release.

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Five-Leaf Remedies also will have bilingual community liaisons on hand to translate for Spanish-speaking residents.

Upcoming meetings: Next week will be an important one for Five-Leaf Remedies’ hopes of opening a facility inside city limits.

The company will present its ideas to the York City Planning Commission on Monday night and will speak at the York City Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday.

Both meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. in York City Hall, 101 S. George St.

Five-Leaf Remedies has at least three tentative supporters on the York City Council, which has the final say on approving any proposals, but proposals must first go through the city’s zoning hearing board, Council President Michael Helfrich has said.

Application process: The East Poplar Street property's value is approximately $112,000, according to York County assessment records. It is zoned industrial, and company spokeswoman Christina Kauffman said the corporation filed for a special exception with the York City Bureau of Permits, Planning and Zoning.

Five-Leaf Remedies is among numerous groups in York County seeking one of a very limited number of state-issued medical marijuana permits.

Hellam Township officials recently voted to approve Viridis Medicine LLC's proposal to build a grower/processor facility at 6287 Lincoln Highway.

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The state Department of Health announced in December that it would grant up to two grower/processor permits in each of six regions throughout the state and up to 27 dispensary permits.

York County is located in a 13-county region, which will be allocated up to four dispensary permits, one of which has been earmarked for York County. Grower/processor applications must include a $10,000 nonrefundable application fee and a $200,000 permit fee, which would be returned if the applicant was not awarded a permit.

Department officials have stated that they are anticipating about 900 applications, which must be submitted between Feb. 20 and March 20.