Medical marijuana dispensary

A Rise medical marijuana dispensary will be located at the former Key Bank location in the Park Avenue Plaza.

VERNON TOWNSHIP — A medical marijuana dispensary is expected to soon join the storefronts at the Park Avenue Plaza shopping center.

Scott Phillis, owner of South Park Place Inc., told the Tribune on Wednesday that a lease was granted for a Rise medical marijuana dispensary at the former Key Bank location, 18914 Park Avenue Plaza. Phillis said the lease was in the name of a parent company for Rise, though he was hesitant to provide further details.

"I just don't know from a (public relations) perspective what they do and what they don't want" released, he said.

Vernon Township Manager Robert Horvat, who is also the township's zoning officer, confirmed Rise requested and was issued a zoning permit from the township for the location. The permit was issued on Jan. 5.

Horvat also said, in Rise's permit application, that the business is planning a $385,000 remodeling of the building which will hold the storefront. Horvat was unaware of when the dispensary would open.

"We welcome all new businesses into the township," he said.

An email and phone call to Green Thumb Industries, Rise's parent company, went unanswered Wednesday. The company has two job listings on its website for a general manager and assistant general manager for the Meadville area.

This would not be the first Rise dispensary in the area. The company has 14 total across the state. The nearest dispensaries to Meadville are two in Erie and one in Hermitage. The company also lists locations in Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey and Ohio on its website.

Sean P. Ray can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

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