There is a lot going on this week between Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday, and even the Chinese New Year. But, some of Pennsylvania’s residents may have marked their calendars for a different type of event. The Governor of Pennsylvania announced that medical marijuana will finally be available for purchase beginning on February 15, as the state will commence sales for the first medical marijuana facility.
“Pennsylvanians have been waiting years for this moment,” Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf said.
Wolf had signed the state’s medical marijuana program into law back in April 2016, but the state has taken its time to guarantee the program’s success. There are seventeen qualifying conditions to meet eligibility for the program that range from cancer to intractable pain. Since this, 20,000 patients have enrolled in the state’s medical marijuana program.
“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” stated Wolf.
Approval has already been granted to ten growers as well as ten dispensaries to open their doors. Pennsylvania law prevents patients from having access to traditional dried marijuana and edibles; but vaporizers, oils, tinctures and even lotions will be available.
Cresco Yeltrah will be the first facility in the state to initiate sales on Thursday and then the others will follow suit. The other dispensaries Keystone Canna Remedies, Solevo and Organic Remedies will start sales on February 16, and Terra Vida Holistic Center and Keystone Shop will be sales on February 17. Last month, we had reported that Keystone had been the first MMJ dispensary to open its doors, which was true, but it wasn’t given the green light to sell product until February. Keystone, in the meantime, has been providing education workshops and consultations to the public. This is a big week for Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana patients, as well as another win for the marijuana industry. Smoke on that, Jeff Sessions.