PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Berks County based firms have been awarded the two allocated to southeast Pennsylvania for growing and processing medical marijuana.

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The state Department of Health has announced that Prime Wellness LLC of Sinking Spring and Franklin Labs LLC of Reading are the recipients of two permits allocated to the southeastern region of Pennsylvania for growing and processing.

John Collins, director of the Office of Medical Marijuana, says applications were ‘objectively reviewed’ by an evaluation team made up from members of various state agencies.

He says medical marijuana will not be grown in open fields.

“A grower processor has to grow medical marijuana in an indoor, enclosed, secure facility,” Collins said.

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The successful grower/processor applicants will have six months to become operational. The next big event is the awarding of permits for medical marijuana dispensaries.

Collins says that is still expected to happen by the end of next week.