Medical marijuana available to Pennsylvanians this week

Medical marijuana available to Pennsylvanians this week

Briggs, who lobbied for passage of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana law, was the first person to legally buy the drug from a dispensary in the state.

Wolf said Thursday that almost 3,000 patients have obtained medical marijuana cards, more than 17,000 have registered to participate, and some 700 doctors have been qualified or are getting qualified to treat patients.

This Friday, Feb. 16, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting for its new member, Justice Grown, at 1 p.m.

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The first dispensary to open will be Cresco Yeltrah in western Pennsylvania's Butler County. Until then, informational sessions are held in the facility to educate the public about medical marijuana. There are 29 states with effective medical marijuana laws and more than a dozen states are expected to have medical marijuana bills introduced this year.

State law allows dispensaries to sell oils, extracts, tinctures and concentrates.

However, the implementation process is not yet complete. Those conditions are mostly chronic and debilitating, including epilepsy, glaucoma, ALS, severe vomiting from AIDS or cancer treatment, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, and other terminal illnesses.

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"We want patients to feel as comfortable in our dispensary that they would in their local pharmacy as they are now both places you can get medicine in Pennsylvania", said Cresco Yeltrah Co-Founder Charlie Bachtell.

"Seriously ill Pennsylvanians will be able to get relief earlier than expected thanks to the diligent efforts of regulators and operators", said Becky Dansky, legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project who helped lead the medical marijuana effort in the state legislature.

To date, 10 dispensaries and 10 grower/processors have been approved to operate. 708 physicians have registered to participate in the program and, of those, 376 have competed the training to become certified practitioners. "We are hopeful that the medical marijuana program will continue to be refined and improved to ensure patients have safe, reliable, and affordable access to their medicine".

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