On Thursday, February 15, medical marijuana became available for patients at approved dispensaries across the commonwealth. To date, 10 dispensaries and 10 grower/processors have been approved to operate, 17,000 patients have registered to participate, over 700 physicians have registered to become certified practitioners, and almost 400 of those physicians have completed training.
The Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016.
“We reached this historic day through a lot of hard work by many dedicated people at the Pennsylvania Department of Health and its Office of Medical Marijuana, and through the support of advocacy groups, the General assembly, and especially Pennsylvanians – the parents, doctors, and patients – whose tireless efforts helped make today a reality,” said Governor Wolf.
“My thanks to staff and supporters, and to the more than 700 physicians who have either completed or are in the process of completing the necessary steps to certify patients. The nearly 3,000 patients with medical marijuana ID cards (with more than 17,000 registered to participate in the program) are now able to find some relief from their serious medical conditions and, for that, I am most grateful.”
Take a look at the coverage below:
Trib Live: In ‘historic day,’ Western Pennsylvanians buy medical marijuana for first time
Pennsylvania’s first cannabis dispensaries opened their doors to patients and caregivers Thursday. More will open throughout the weekend. Cresco Yeltrah officials said more than 100 patient consultations have been scheduled for their first week. About 15 people waited outside when its doors opened in Butler. The dispensary carries more than 100 medical marijuana products, including capsules, oils, waxes, concentrates and tinctures.
Penn Live: Happy tears and hope: 1st medical marijuana dispensary opens in Pa.
Almost two years after medical marijuana was legalized in Pennsylvania, the state’s first dispensary opened to patients today. “There are a lot of happy tears around the facility and around the state today,” said Charlie Bachtell, co-founder of Cresco Yeltrah and CEO of Cresco Labs. The company also holds a grower/processor permit and will supply products to other dispensaries, including all of the locations opening this week.
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania’s first legal medical marijuana purchases are made as dispensary opens
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who pushed for the law and has overseen its implementation, called the start of sales a historic day. Wolf said Thursday that nearly 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.
Times-Leader: First Pa. medical-pot dispensary starts selling to customers
This stage of the implementation process is taking place ahead of schedule, less than two years after Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 16 into law. “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. “There is still a lot of work to be done before implementation is complete. 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.”
Wolf said Pennsylvania reached this historic day through a lot of hard work by many dedicated people at the state Department of Health and its Office of Medical Marijuana, and through the support of advocacy groups and parents, doctors, and patients whose tireless efforts helped make it a reality.
Medical marijuana will be available at the following locations:
February 15, 2018
- Cresco Yeltrah-Butler, 201 Pillow St. Butler, PA, 724-712-0705
- Solevo-Squirrel Hill, 5600 Forward Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217, 412-422-0420
February 16, 2018
- Keystone Canna Remedies, 1309 Stefko Blvd., Bethlehem, PA, 484-408-6122
- Organic Remedies-Enola, 4425 Valley Road, Enola, PA 17025, 717-562-7758
- Keystone Shops-Devon, 420 West Lancaster Ave., Devon, PA, 484-581-7189
February 17, 2018
- Terra Vida Holistic Center-Sellersville, 64 N. Main St., Sellersville, PA 18960, 215-257-3243
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