October 26, 2017
In June 2017, the TerraVida Holistic Center, LLC was granted permission to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the East Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. The dispensary would sell cannabis-derived oils, tinctures, and lotions. The dispensary was slated to open in January 2018. Neighborhood protesters lobbied against the opening of the center, proclaiming that the proposed location was not appropriate, and were incensed that they were not given enough notice. Read more from philly.com here.
David Fineman of Fineman Krekstein & Harris represented a coalition of groups against the site, including elected officials, led by Councilwoman Cherelle Parker. In July, Mr. Fineman sued the State Department of Health, and requested information about how the permits materialized. The dispensary agreed after a contentious hearing before the Zoning Board of Adjustment to abandon the site.