The first sale of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program took place in Butler on Thursday at the Cresco Yeltrah+ (CY+) dispensary.
More than 100 patient consultations were scheduled for the dispensary’s first week. The dispensary will carry more than 100 different pharmaceutical-grade medical marijuana products including capsules, oils, waxes, concentrates and tinctures, according to the CY+ press release.
“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 Charlie Bachtell, CY+’s co-founder in the press release.
CY+ staff are trained to guide patients as to what products would be best for their medical conditions. CY+ was awarded two permits, operates a cultivation facility in Brookville and has three other locations.
More than 4,000 people have been issued a medical marijuana card by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. To be issued a card, it must be confirmed by a physician that you have one of 17 serious medical conditions, according to the press release.
The opening of the dispensary brought many card-carrying patients who had been eagerly waiting for this sort of medicine to be available.
Diana Briggs’s son, Ryan, suffers from up to 400 seizures per day and from side effects of traditional prescription medications.
“This is a dream come true and I am ecstatic to be one of the first caregivers to legally purchase medical marijuana in the state,” Briggs said in the press release. “We are ready to begin the next phase of Ryan’s journey healing with this amazing medicine.”