PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A medical marijuana dispensary in Butler County made their first sale Thursday morning.
In fact, it was the first legal sale of medical marijuana in the state of Pennsylvania.
Cresco Yeltrah owns the CY+ Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Butler. However, they also operate a cultivation facility in Brookville.
“This is a culmination of over a year’s worth of work from the application process to then receiving the license and then really moving forward with developing the project doing construction. We’re on both sides of this. We’re vertically integrated in Pennsylvania. So we’re a grower, a processor and a dispensary, a lot of work but it’s great to cross the finish line here,” Cresco Yeltrah co-founder Charlie Bachtell said.
Diana Briggs was the first medical marijuana customer to make a purchase at the CY+ medical marijuana dispensary in Butler. She walked out of the building with a smile on her face.
“This is a journey. I never thought I’d be standing here today,” said Briggs. “I cried the whole way here today, for all of the hopelessness we went through for four years.”
Briggs is a caregiver for her son, Ryan, who has epilepsy. She fought for Pennsylvania to allow legal medical marijuana purchases.
“There’s no more fear, no more stress for our family,” Briggs said, as she recalled having to transport medical marijuana in the state for her son. The dispensary in Butler means she doesn’t have to do that anymore.
About a dozen people stood in line outside the facility Thursday morning, waiting to make purchases. Patients who meet one of 17 qualifying conditions, and their caregivers who have medical marijuana cards are the only ones allowed in the facility.
“Medical cannabis…it’s an interesting topic,” said Charlie Bachtell, one of the