While the Keystone State’s first dispensary held its grand opening on Jan. 27, 2018, it didn’t have medical marijuana available for patients to purchase, but now the wait to buy products from Pennsylvania medical marijuana dispensaries is almost over. Starting on Feb. 15, and progressing through the week, six of the 10 currently approved dispensaries will open with products available for patients to purchase.
“Pennsylvanians have been waiting years for this moment,” said Gov. Tom Wolf in a press release. “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.”
On Feb. 15, the Cresco Yeltrah dispensary in Butler will be the first dispensary to open with products ready for patients to buy. While Cresco Yeltrah is a dispensary operator, the company was also awarded a cultivation license and will be the first cultivator to provide marijuana to Pennsylvania medical marijuana dispensaries.
Keystone Canna Remedies in Bethlehem, Solevo in Pittsburgh and Organic Remedies in Enola will have products starting on Feb. 16, followed by Terra Vida Holistic Center in Sellersville and Keystone Shops in Devon on Feb. 17.
According to Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s Acting Health Secretary and Physician General, “Our teams are crisscrossing the state inspecting dispensaries as they are ready to open their doors. Each week we will be adding locations where Pennsylvanians suffering from serious medical conditions can get this medication.”
As far as certified patients and physicians go, Pennsylvania has nearly 4,000 certified patients and 708 certified practitioners approved to participate in the state medical marijuana program.