Philadelphia adding jobs with new dispensaries

Two medical marijuana dispensaries opened last week in Ardmore and Vineland, and another is set to launch next month in Center City, creating dozens of jobs and millions in infrastructure investment in the Philadelphia region.

The grand opening of the Beyond/Hello cannabis shop in Ardmore on June 12 was muted because of the pandemic and a forth night of civic unrest that erupted nationwide after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.

For Beyond/Hello’s parent company, Jushi Holdings, the new store represents a major investment along one of the Main Line’s most vibrant business corridors, even as many commercial enterprises remain shuttered due to COVID-19.

“We spent $1 million to build out that store and we‘re hiring,” said Erich Mauff, president of Jushi Holdings, the Florida-based parent company of Beyond/Hello. “Who else can say that during these times? It’s real money going into the real economy and creating real jobs.”

More than 80 medical marijuana dispensaries are in operation across Pennsylvania. In May, those cannabis retailers generated nearly $2 million in tax revenues for the commonwealth, according to state records.

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