PHILADELPHIA, August 2, 2018 – This week, Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis industry ramped up as 13 new grower licenses were awarded after Phase II. For the second time, the City of Philadelphia was shut out. Councilman Derek Green (At-Large) shared his thoughts in the following statement:
“I was astounded and deeply disappointed to learn of Tuesday’s news that Philadelphia – the largest city in the Commonwealth, and poorest large city in the nation – was looked over yet again for even one grower permit out of 13,” said Councilman Green. “One would think that in a city with a 26 percent poverty rate and where access to basic healthcare essentials – especially for those suffering from one of the 21 chronic conditions treatable with medical cannabis – is an enduring problem, Philadelphia would be at the very top of the list. It is that fact that is most troubling and alarming to me.
“This second snub of a grower permit is also taking away from the economic opportunity and growth that our City would benefit from in a projected $22 billion industry by 2020. Sadly, this pushes us even further behind the eight ball and perpetuates the poor and deeply impoverished narrative. We are missing out on critical marks and chances to diversify our economic landscape, not to mention helping to improve the overall quality of life of many of our citizens.”
Councilman Derek S. Green, Esquire is currently serving his first term as an At-Large member of Philadelphia City Council. Green is Chair of Council’s Committee on the Disabled and Persons with Special Needs. More information at www.phlcouncil.com/DerekGreen