The first sales of medical marijuana products to patients are scheduled for Thursday, two years after Gov. Tom Wolf signed Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program into law.
Cresco Yeltrah’s CY+ dispensary in Butler has its first appointments scheduled for Thursday morning while the Solevo Wellness Center in Squirrel Hill will see patients beginning at 2 p.m.
Those two facilities are the only dispensaries currently approved to open in southwestern Pennsylvania although others are expected to go online in coming weeks.
Both dispensaries will operate under tight security once they receive their first shipments of medical marijuana products from Cresco Yeltrah’s grower-processor facility in Brookville, Jefferson County.
After that, only patients who have been certified by a physician as having one of 17 qualifying medical conditions, such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease or seizure disorder s will have access to the facilities, along with their caregivers.
Pennsylvania law allows for medical marijuana to be sold in pills, oils, topical creams, tinctures, liquids and for vaping. No dry leaf or edible forms are allowed.