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Week of January 16, 2017

Congratulations to Principal John Rizzo of Jonestown Elementary School
During “National Young Readers Week,” the BOOK IT! Program challenged Principals nationwide to read one entire day from first bell to last. The event was co-founded by the Library of Congress Center for the Book and Pizza Hut. Out of 1,100 Principals who entered, the 2016-2017 winner of the National Principal’s Challenge was John Rizzo of Jonestown Elementary School, winning the school $6,000 worth of Kate DiCamillo books!

Medical Marijuana Program: Phase I Permit Information
Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program; Availability of Permit Applications, Number and Locations of Permits to be Issued in Phase I was published in the January 7 Pennsylvania Bulletin. On January 17, the PA Department of Health (DOH) intends to make available, on its website, grower/processor and dispensary permit applications to implement Phase I of the Medical Marijuana Program.

DOH may not initially issue permits to more than 25 growers/processors and more than 50 dispensaries. In Phase I, DOH intends to issue up to 12 grower/processor permits and up to 27 dispensary permits, and will not issue a person more than one grower/processor or dispensary permit.

In Phase I, DOH intends to issue no more than two grower/processor permits for each of the six medical marijuana regions, and up to 27 dispensary permits, with at least one dispensary permit being issued in each of the six medical marijuana regions. DOH intends to issue the following number of dispensary permits in the following counties within each medical marijuana region:

Medical Marijuana Region 1 – Southeast District (Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, Philadelphia and Schuylkill counties): Berks – 1; Bucks – 1; Chester – 1; Delaware – 1; Lancaster – 1; Montgomery – 2, and; Philadelphia – 3.

Medical Marijuana Region 2 – Northeast District (Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties): Lackawanna – 1; Lehigh – 1; Luzerne – 1, and; Northampton – 1.

Medical Marijuana Region 3 – Southcentral District (Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry and York counties): Blair – 1; Cumberland – 1; Dauphin – 1, and; York – 1.

Medical Marijuana Region 4 – Northcentral District (Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties): Centre – 1, and Lycoming – 1.

Medical Marijuana Region 5 – Southwest District (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland counties): Allegheny – 2; Butler – 1; Washington – 1, and; Westmoreland – 1.

Medical Marijuana Region 6 – Northwest District (Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties): Erie – 1, and McKean – 1.

An applicant has the option of listing two additional dispensary locations on the permit application for approval by DOH. The second and third dispensary locations must be located within the same medical marijuana region as the primary dispensary location listed in the dispensary permit, but are not permitted to be located in the same county as the primary dispensary location listed in the dispensary permit. In addition, the second and third dispensary locations are not permitted to be located in the same county.

With respect to Region 1 (Southeast District), for each of the seven dispensary permits that are located outside of Philadelphia County, a dispensary applicant may only identify either a second or third dispensary location within Philadelphia County. With respect to Region 5 (Southwest District), for each of the three dispensary permits that are located outside of Allegheny County, a dispensary applicant may only identify either a second or third dispensary location within Allegheny County.

Congressman Costello February Lebanon Community Office Hours
Congressman Ryan Costello will hold Community Office Hours in my Lebanon District Office (101 Municipal Building, 400 South 8th Street, Lebanon) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1st and Wednesday, February 15th. If you have any questions, please contact Kori Walter, Congressman Costello’s District Director at (610) 376-7630.

PA Emergency Management Agency Youth Poster and Video Contest
The PA Emergency Management Agency is accepting submissions for the poster and video contests. The poster contest, “When Thunder Roars Go Indoors,” is open to grades 1-6 and ends March 7. The video contest, “Turn Around Don’t Drown,” is open to grades 7-12 and ends January 31. For more information, the contest student packets and consent forms, click here. Questions can be directed to RA-EMPEMAVidContest@pa.gov.


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