Two children of late Flyers founder Ed Snider will seek a grower/processor license under Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program.
Lindy Snider, a cannabis industry investor, says her group that includes her brother Jay, his son Jamie and several other Philadelphia businessmen, is “Certainly, for sure” applying for a grower/processor license and also considering applying for a permit to operate dispensaries.
Lindy confirmed the intended cannabis growing facility is located in Philadelphia, but declined to provide a more specific location.
While Pennsylvania’s health department will grant up to 12 grower/processor licenses in the state, only two are allowed in Philadelphia or its surrounding counties. The application deadline for growing facilities or dispensaries is March 20. PA health department officials expect the medical marijuana program to launch by mid-2018.
“It felt important to us to be involved in our home state and especially in Philadelphia,” says Lindy, a contributor to Elevated Nation, who runs Lindiskin, selling skin care items for cancer patients. “I’m involved in cannabis industry companies that are involved in compliance and creating real medicine. We want to bring real science and real medicine to Philadelphia.”
Cannabis has been both a professional and a personal campaign for her. Medical cannabis helped provide relief from pain and other symptoms for Ed Snider, who owned the Flyers and served as Comcast-Spectacor chairman, toward the end of his life. He died of cancer in April 2016.
“Toward the end, he had a lot of pain. He had a pump that delivered more traditional pain medicine to the body, but ultimately those were not really working,” Lindy said. “His nurses suggested cannabis. Now, this was in California where medical cannabis has been legal for some time. Eventually, our family spoke with the nurses and we thought this would be helpful to him.”
Lindy said her father, who was very conservative, was reluctant at first. “He was initially a little concerned about having it on top of other pain drugs,” Lindy says of her father, who used a vaporizer to take cannabis oil. “It increased his appetite, reduced nausea and helped his pain. It was a win all around. It was pretty great to see. There’s not a pain drug out there that can deal with nausea, appetite, and pain and positively affect all of those things at once,” Lindy said.
“Many people in my father’s age group who have read about me being involved with this have reached out wanting to try it and find out how to access it,” Lindy told Elevated Nation. “These are people in their 80s. They don’t look at it as a stoner thing, they see a medicine that can help them.”
She says her family’s operation would contain a charitable component, carrying on Ed Snider’s legacy of philanthropy that included his youth hockey foundation. “Not only philanthropy, but we welcome the opportunity to create jobs and jobs training,” Lindy said. “There are some aspects of the industry where you learn on the job and grow into different competencies. This involves, agriculture, business, technology. There’s an opportunity for all kinds of career paths.”
Snider says she’s also involved in forming a group to bring professional athletes, team owners, and league officials to the same side of the issue about the benefits of medical marijuana. Currently, no professional sports league allows players to use medical marijuana. The NFL has most notably suspended players for long periods for using medical cannabis.
“Players don’t want to be on opioids long term when they have a sustained injury,” Lindy said. “They think cannabis is a way to help and they’re very committed. It’s natural for our family to support this initiative. We want the players and the powers that be in the leagues to come to an understanding that this is a helpful medicine.”