Continuing a months-long string of multi-state expansions, Harvest Health & Recreation, Inc. (CSE: HARV; OTCQX: HRVSF) just opened the doors to new locations in California and Pennsylvania. 

Following the launch of Harvest of Palm Springs, which is the company’s fourth location in California, Harvest of Scranton is also now up and running on Washington Ave. 

Discussing the Scranton site beginning to serve customers today, Chief Executive Officer Steve White commented: 

We are thrilled to be expanding our presence in Pennsylvania. As our third Harvest-affiliated location in the state, the Scranton dispensary will bring our leading high-quality and trusted experiences to more Pennsylvanians.

The Scranton site joins Harvest’s two other locations in the state, both of which are situated in Reading. Aside from California and Pennsylvania, Harvest also bumped up to 11 operational dispensaries in Arizona last month. 

With cannabis usage remaining prohibited at the federal level in the United States, licensed producers are currently navigating a wide variety of state laws and local ordinances covering both medical and recreational customers. 

To deal with those varying employment rules across each state, Harvest has now brought on a new member of the legal team, with Andrew S. Luadzers officially moving into the role of Senior Counsel of Labor & Employment this week. 

In addition to working for a legal firm defending employers in civil suits, Luadzers previously served as Director Counsel of Employment Law for retail giant Target Corp. as well as Associate Counsel of Employment Law for Aflac. 

The number of states allowing either medical or recreational cannabis consumption is expected to grow next year as voter-led ballot initiatives gather signatures and various state legislatures prepare to take up direct legalization bills. 

In other Harvest news, the company is currently moving forward with planned acquisitions of Falcon International Corp, CannaPharmacy Inc, and Verano Holdings LLC. 

Those acquisitions recently stalled when the Department of Justice requested additional information, with Harvest submitting the responses to those requests last month. The waiting period following the second info request is now nearing its expiration, which will allow the buyouts to move forward next month if they don’t meet any additional regulatory hurdles. 

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