Laborers' District Council Reaches Milestone Partnership Agreement with Norristown Medical Marijuana Applicant

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 General News
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Elemental Health Group's proposed Montgomery County grow processing facility will be built by a diverse union workforce

NORRISTOWN, Pa., June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Laborers' District Council of the Metropolitan Area of

Philadelphia and Vicinity and Elemental Health Group (EHG) today announced a milestone partnership for a proposal to build and operate a medical marijuana grow processing facility in Montgomery County.

A signed Memorandum of Understanding between the Laborers' District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity, Laborers Local Union No. 135 and EHG marks a Pennsylvania medical marijuana industry milestone and ensures a diverse, union workforce will build EHG's state-of-the-art facility, if approved later this month.

"For us, it's all about the community," said Daniel L. Woodall, Jr., Business Manager of the Laborers' Local 135. "EHG truly wants to strengthen it by committing to creating local jobs and launching careers that pay family sustaining wages. This is a profound step toward the future as our members will enter a new industry. We're proud to take that step with a partner like EHG, who clearly shares our commitment to safety, training and inclusion."

In March, the municipality of Norristown passed a zoning ordinance to permit medical marijuana facilities in industrial areas. The EHG site meets the new zoning qualifications and has received strong support from the local community.

"Our municipality is the ideal location to participate in the economic development of this new medical sub-specialty," said Sonya D. Sanders, Norristown Council President, in a letter of support to the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health. "The Elemental Health Group project, with its local jobs, will help us convince other specialty manufacturers that Norristown takes a progressive approach to the development of new industries.  Our Council enthusiastically supports the Elemental Health Group's application for a Medical Marijuana Grower Processor license in Norristown."

With an approach built on best practices and professionalism, EHG is aiming to set the medical marijuana industry standard in Pennsylvania.

"Our team combines a physician's approach to patient care with pharmaceutical safety and quality control to deliver best in class medical cannabis care," said Cornelius Merlini, chief executive officer of EHG. "We believe it is a duty to give back and will invest in making sure that as EHG succeeds, the communities where we operate thrive as well. We're honored to partner with the Laborers and to have such strong community support behind us. We look forward to delivering on that promise."

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has said it expects to award licenses for the medical marijuana program by the end of June 2017.

About Elemental Health Group: EHG's mission is to combine deep pharmaceutical experience, top physicians and medical cannabis experts to deliver compassionate patient care and produce the highest quality products. With an approach built on best practices and professionalism, they set the standard in Pennsylvania - from seed to symptom relief. To learn more, please visit

About the Laborers' District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity: For over five decades, the Laborers' District Council of Metropolitan Philadelphia & Vicinity and Laborers Local Union #'s 57, 135, 332, and 413, have worked on behalf of more than 5,000 members to help to secure projects, promote the hiring of union workers, and meet the quality-of-life and quality-of-work needs of employees and employers in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. To learn more, please visit


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