Updated with statement from Pa. Department of Health
Prospects for a medical marijuana dispensary in Northwest Philadelphia seemed to dim Tuesday as a crowd of about 250 neighborhood residents, many from eight East Mount Airy churches, packed a city hearing room intent on having the business’ zoning permit revoked.
In March, the TerraVida Holistic Center was granted a permit to operate a medical cannabis dispensary on the 8300 block of Stenton Avenue in East Mount Airy. In June, the state awarded TerraVida a highly coveted permit to sell cannabis-derived oils, tinctures, and lotions in the former bank building and at additional sites in Abington and Sellersville.
No plant material will be grown or sold at any Pennsylvania dispensary. The Stenton Avenue site is only one of four slated to open in Philadelphia early next year.
The neighbors are not against medical cannabis, said Councilwoman Cherelle L. Parker, who represents East Mount Airy. “We know medical marijuana will help many people in our community. But this is about land use. This is a bad location.”
Residents, many dressed