Cresco Yeltrah+ opened the doors at 2114 Penn Ave. in the Strip District last week to what they say is the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the state.
The more than 8,000-square-foot dispensary — CY+’s second in western Pennsylvania — can accommodate nearly 10 patients at a time and up to 400 patients a day. Cresco Yeltrah is a partnership between the Hartley family of Pennsylvania and Cresco Labs; one of the nation’s leading medical cannabis companies.
Cresco Yeltrah (Yeltrah is Hartley spelled backwards) was awarded two permits from the state and operates a growing and manufacturing facility in Brookville, along with their main dispensary in Butler.
The Strip District location also includes a first-of-its-kind facility in the state, nearby at 2112 Penn Ave., which is dedicated to educating people about medical cannabis, its history and the 21 conditions that qualify for state-issued medical marijuana cards, says company co-founder Kent Hartley.
“A lot of people are very curious right now about the program,” he says.
While the educational facility is open to the public six days a week (closed Mondays), entrance to the dispensary requires a state-issued medical marijuana patient or caregiver card.
The dispensary offers a welcoming environment with a streamlined design, calming colors, exposed ceiling and natural light, where patients can receive one-on-one technology-driven consultations.
Hartley compares the space to an Apple store where iPads are used to show patients the selection prior to the consultation. That information is also available online.
This detailed information is important for patients, Hartley says, because not all patients need the same medical marijuana products. CY+ is aware that potential patients need to know if a particular medication is available “before they get in the car and drive two