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Berks medical marijuana grower launches its first products

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Prime Wellness of Pennsylvania, a medical marijuana grower and processor in South Heidelberg Township, recently launched its first product line to Pennsylvania dispensaries.

The products, called Prime, include whole flower and processed marijuana for cartridges, pens and capsules.

Prime Wellness completed a $5 million, 30,000-square-foot facility this year on eight acres of fields at 2 Corporate Blvd. in South Heidelberg Industrial Park. A 25,000-square-foot greenhouse is planned for the second phase.

The facility is used to grow, cultivate, process and package medical marijuana.

“From seed to sale, we are committed to the cultivation and processing of the highest quality medical marijuana products, especially our whole flower products, at our custom-designed facility,” Sharon Ali, CEO of Prime Wellness, said in a statement.

In April, the state Department of Health approved whole flower products for use in vaporization.

Brandon Miller, cultivation manager at Prime Wellness, said the company applies painstaking attention to detail and uses diversified plant genetics to make consistently quality products under strictly controlled environmental conditions.

The company said its harvest is the result of an intensive breeding and selection program using seeds from a genetic library of distinctive strains.

Prime Wellness is an affiliate of parent company Acreage Holdings, formerly known as High Street Capital Partners, which operates dispensaries and grower processor plants in 13 states.

Berks is home to two of the 12 companies that were awarded the first round of permits by the state Department of Health last year to grow and process medical marijuana.

The other permit was awarded to Franklin Labs LLC, which opened a plant at 1800 Center Ave., the former Pepsi distribution center in Reading. Franklin Labs operates a growing facility and dispensary, called Garden State Dispensary, in Woodbridge, N.J.

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