Pennsylvania’s pro-medical marijuana governor Tom Wolfe (D) announced Tuesday that the state’s 17,000+ registered patients will be allowed to purchase their medicine at six dispensaries throughout the Keystone State by Saturday.
Cresco Yeltrah, the state’s first cultivator/dispensary to open its doors to the public, will begin sales at 9 a.m. Thursday morning. Located in Butler, the first state-sanctioned dispensary is – depending on how fast you drive – located roughly an hour north of Pittsburgh.
“Medical marijuana will be available to patients starting tomorrow [Thursday] at Cresco Yeltra in Butler,” noted the Pennsylvania Department of Health in an early morning announcement via Twitter on Wednesday. The informative tweet also provided a solid caveat, “patients are encouraged to contact dispensary before visiting to see if an appointment is required.”
By Saturday, a total of six dispensaries are scheduled to open for business.
Cresco Yeltrah – Opens Feb. 15
Keystone Canna Remedies – Opens Feb. 16
Solevo – Squirrel Hill – Opens Feb. 16
Organic Remedies – Enola – Opens Feb. 16
Terra Vida Holistic Center – Sellersville – Opens Feb. 17
Keystone Shops – Devon – Opens Feb. 17
Considered beneficial but restrictive, here’s what you can expect to find at the state’s first dispensary. Under the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act, patients diagnosed with one of the state’s 17 qualifying conditions can legally medicate with the following forms of medicinal cannabis.
Topical forms, including gel, creams, or ointments
A form medically appropriate for administration by vaporization or nebulization, excludingdry leaf or plant form
Signed into law on April 17, 2016 by Gov. Wolf, the launch of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana sales was celebrated on Tuesday in an official statement.
“Pennsylvanians have been waiting years for this moment,” Governor Wolf said. “Medical marijuana is legal, safe and now available to Pennsylvanians suffering from 17 serious medical conditions. In less than two years, we have developed a regulatory infrastructure, approved physicians as practitioners, certified patients to participate and launched a new industry to help thousands find relief from their debilitating symptoms.”
While Cresco Yeltrah represents Pennsylvania’s first medical marijuana dispensary to officially open, the state has currently licensed 10 dispensaries and 10 cultivators.
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