The first medical marijuana dispensary in the Pittsburgh area is scheduled to hold its grand opening Thursday.
The CY+ Dispensary is located on Pillow Street in Butler.
The facility is operated by Cresco Yeltrah, which also runs a cultivation facility in Brookville, Jefferson County that provides medical marijuana products to dispensaries across Pennsylvania.
The CY+ Dispensary will hold open house events for the public on Feb. 2 and 3. However, medical marijuana will not be sold to eligible patients until Feb. 15.
“Awareness and education are probably the most important fundamental component of a successful program in any new state. Pennsylvania is no different. So making sure that the public and potential patients are aware the program exists and that they have a certain baseline level of understanding and knowledge about the subject matter makes them feel comfortable even considering participating in the program,” CY+ Founder Charlie Batchell said.
A medical marijuana certification center opened last week in Downtown Butler. The Compassionate Certification Centers office is located on East Cunningham Street.
Before they can have access to medical marijuana, patients need to get approval from a doctor.
In order to be given access to medical marijuana, patients must have one of 17 qualifying health conditions.
It’s estimated that nearly 200,000 patients in Pennsylvania qualify for medical marijuana cards.