A medical marijuana dispensary planned for New Castle will not open. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Friday that Harvest of Northwest PA, LLC in New Castle and Harvest of North Central PA, LLC in Shamokin relinquished their medical marijuana dispensary permits as part of a settlement with the DOH. 

The DOH issued six permits to Harvest entities. However, due to some comments made by Harvest Health and Recreation, Inc. and because all the entities used some form of the Harvest name, the DOH raised concerns that all permittees were one single entity.

According to the DOH, one person or entity is only allowed to possess five medical marijuana dispensary permits. 

Additionally, the DOH said that the Harvest entities hired construction contractors that were not identified in the permit applications and subsequently failed to notify the department or seek approval for those substitutions, which the department requires. 

"Our medical marijuana program has been successful in its focus to provide evidence-based, quality options for patients suffering from serious medical conditions," Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. "In order to ensure that this program is successful, we have a statute and regulations in place for those companies looking to hold permits as either grower/processors or dispensaries. Companies interested in being part of this program must be aware of the law and abide by it."

As a result, the DOH and Harvest reached an agreement that would close these two establishments while allowing the company to move forward with their other four locations.