Denver Consulting Group, Pennsylvania Cannabis Consultants, Featured in Pittsburgh Business Times.
The article was about a Denver Consulting Group client, Laurel Green Medical.
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Denise Gargasz-Mueller is ready to take western Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana market by storm.
Gargasz-Mueller is founder of Laurel Green Medical, a new company that intends to operate a seed-to-sale growing facility in Allegheny County at first opportunity, and hopes to get rolling this year as industry hopefuls clamor to apply for and receive one of 12 grower/processor permits or one of 27 dispensary permits in the state. In the 11-county southwestern corner of Pennsylvania the state Department of Health has declared Region 5, the state will issue just two grower/processor permits and five dispensary permits.
But Gargasz-Mueller has been preparing since well before Gov. Tom Wolf signed medical cannabis into law earlier this year — LGM has its own consultant in the Denver Consulting Group.
Grower/processor applications were made available by the Pennsylvania Department of Health Jan. 17, and Denver Consulting is currently working to complete Laurel Green’s application. Whether the integrated license will allow Laurel Green to open dispensaries is unclear, and LGM may also pursue a dispensary license in that case, Gargasz-Mueller said.
Franco Harris, former Steelers Hall of Fame running back and founding partner of Laurel Green, said he became interested in Gargasz-Muller’s proposed medical cannabis business because he’s interested in the drug’s potential as an alternative treatment for pain. Harris pointed to the country’s opioid epidemic, noting that Pennsylvania’s approval of cannabis as a treatment for pain could serve as an effective alternative to opioid painkillers for some.
Through Women Grow, one of the largest organizations for female cannabis growers and producers in the country, Gargasz-Mueller was introduced to Greg Gamet, with Denver Consulting Group. Gamet, owner of Dank Dispensary, the first dispensary awarded a certificate of occupancy in the city of Denver back in 2009, founded DCG and two other cannabis-related ventures, a company that makes childproof packaging for cannabis and a regulatory-banking software company called CannaScore.
DCG has helped more than 500 licensees in nine states and Puerto Rico in the last two years, Gamet said, noting that Laurel Green has been doing a good job of preparing to apply with the state.
“We’ve experience with the entire gamut of the industry, no pun intended,” he said. “From packaging to growing to licensing to (standard operating procedure) manuals to software to compliance … we’re pretty highly regarded.”