The largest shopping mall operator in America wants to prevent a medical marijuana dispensary from opening near the former Franklin Mills Mall, and is attempting to turn its effort in Southeastern Pennsylvania into a federal case to ensure that the cannabis business never launches.
Simon Property Group, a $59 billion company based in Indianapolis and best known locally as owner of King of Prussia Mall, also owns the Northeast Philadelphia mall now known as Philadelphia Mills.
PharmaCann LLC, a small medical marijuana company based in Chicago, operates eight legal cannabis dispensaries in Illinois and New York state. It bought the site of a former Chi-Chi’s restaurant at the periphery of the Philadelphia Mills property earlier this year with the intention of opening a cannabis oil outlet there.
But it may not be able to meet the state Department of Health’s deadline to open before January 1, 2018. The site has been mired in litigation since September, with little communication between the two sides.
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Source: Cannabis Business Times