Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Hampden Township medical marijuana dispensary to open Friday

Hampden Township medical marijuana dispensary to open Friday

Customers must show a state-issued card before they're allowed in the dispensary.

"They have been crisscrossing the state looking at the dispensaries and at the grower processors", said acting Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.

CY+, the first medical marijuana dispensary in the state to open to clients, did so today.

More than 17,000 people statewide have registered for a medical marijuana card, of which more than 4,000 patients have been certified.

More than 17,000 patients have already registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, including almost 4,000 who have been certified by a physician. Physicians continue to register to participate in the program.

Hampden Township medical marijuana dispensary to open Friday
Pennsylvania set to begin rollout of medical marijuana program

Medical marijuana programs in other states allowed patients suffering from anxiety, arthritis, chronic pain and other conditions access to cannabis. To date, 708 have registered, and of those, 376 have completed the training to become certified practitioners, according to the department. The medication will be legally available by prescription in pill, oil or ointment for patients suffering from one of the state's 17 qualifying conditions, from epilepsy and Parkinson's disease to autism and Crohn's disease.

Patients are advised to call their nearest dispensary to see if an appointment is required.

Patients will have to contact the dispensaries to find out what their prices are going to be. Students themselves shall not be permitted to possess any form of medical marijuana at any time on school property or during any school activities on school property. Others expected to open their doors in the near future include facilities in Bethlehem, Pittsburgh and Enola that will open Friday; and dispensaries in Sellersville and Devon that are slated to open Saturday.

A dispensary in Butler says it'll happen there on Thursday, and KDKA spoke with one mother who says it's a big relief. We're vertically integrated in Pennsylvania.

Governor Tom Wolf, who signed the program into law in April 2016, announced that medical marijuana will be available to patients at approved dispensaries beginning Thursday.

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