The Zitner’s Factory Might House a Weed-Growing Facility

Imagine the possibilities – but don't get too excited. Apparently they wouldn't affect each other.


L: Photo via Zitner’s Facebook | R: Courtesy Lode Van de Velde via Public Domain

Philadelphia approved zoning permits for seven proposed medical marijuana sites yesterday, reports.

One of them stands out: a potential marijuana-growing facility that would be located in the same factory as Zitner’s – the iconic Philly Easter egg candy company that started as a mom-and-pop in 1920. You know, the one that makes the buttercream, double coconut, chocolate-coated Butter Krak eggs

Before you get any ideas (we did), Zitner Candy Corp. owner Evan Prochniak told that the facility wouldn’t affect candy production. Zitner would merely lease an unused portion of the 108,000-square-foot building, which is located at 3100 N. 17th St.

Still, it seems like the perfect marriage.

Other approved permits reportedly include sites in Center City, Old City and East Passyunk.

The sites aren’t guaranteed – statewide, only 27 dispensary permits (for a total of 81 dispensaries) and 12 grower licenses will be approved. In the state’s southeast region, which includes Philadelphia and seven other counties, only two grower licenses will be permitted. Officials expect to receive at least 900 applications for grower licenses and dispensary permits statewide.

These are just the first seven proposed sites to receive zoning permits through the city. A Department of Licenses and Inspections spokeswomen told that six more locations are currently pending and that the agency expects to receive more. Some who are looking to open sites haven’t yet sought L&I approval – including a potential North Philly dispensary proposed by late Flyers founder Ed Snider’s daughter, Lindy Snider.

Those who recently applied for zoning permits likely chose to do so before submitting a bid for a medical-marijuana license to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The deadline for that was March 20th – and some permits have reportedly already been granted.

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