Pennsylvania's First Dispensary Opens!
The Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania welcomes its first dispensary. Keystone Canna Remedies opened its doors in Bethlehem, PA is officially permitted to sell medicinal cannabis to qualified medical marijuana patients.
While Keystone is technically open, the dispensary will not begin selling meds until February. Currently, the facility is open to the public for consultations and educational workshops.
The shop will sell a variety of products, excluding flowers and edibles as per Pennsylvania state law. Things like vaporizers, oil cartridges, tinctures and lotions will be available in both THC and CBD forms.
Victora Guadagnino Jr. founded the dispensary with his father, Dr. Victor Guadagnino and his aunt, Joan Guadagnino. “Pennsylvania and the Department of Health has been doing it right,” said Guadagnino Jr. “The state is setting the standard for how other states should implement medical marijuana programs.”
Governor Tom Wolf also declared that the Guadagnino’s dispensary should serve as a catalyst for other dispensaries to make their mark, despite Jeff Sessions' latest statements on increasing federal enforcement in regards to marijuana. “I’m not worried, Victora said, "because we’re focused on getting the patients access. When people can see the benefits cannabis can have, I think there is going to be a lot of change at the national level.” Governor Tom Wolf said in agreement, “We are one step closer to providing medical marijuana to patients with serious medical conditions who desperately need this medication.” Wolf continued to say that he will do everything in his power to protect Pennsylvania patients,” from federal interference.
As of now, there have been over 10,000 applications for a medical marijuana license, with around 1,200 of those already approved by a licensed physician.