Dispensary hosts medical marijuana information session

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Adam Cottle, of Luzerne, raises his hand to ask a question during Medical Marijuana Mondays at Canteen Park in Kingston. KRISTEN MULLEN / THE CITIZENS’ VOICE cv03marijuanap5

People listen to speaker Abbe Kruger, CEO of Justice Grown Pennsylvania, during Medical Marijuana Mondays at Canteen Park in Kingston. KRISTEN MULLEN / THE CITIZENS’ VOICE cv03marijuanap3

KINGSTON — The state’s new medical marijuana industry has changed since Luzerne County’s first dispensary opened this winter.

It’s been a busy five months.

Since then, the state has approved selling the product as a plant, opened applications for the program’s second phase, approved eight research centers and expanded the list of medical conditions that qualify for the program, including opioid addiction.

One change is allowing patients to buy medical marijuana in plant form; that is, the dry leaves or flowers of the plant. That is cheaper than buying oil, liquids or other products extracted from marijuana. Gov. Tom Wolf said it will speed up shipments to dispensaries and make it more affordable.

Justice Grown Pennsylvania in Edwardsville is the county’s only medical marijuana dispensary. It opened in February and started selling cannabis in late March.

“The experience we’ve had in the past three months has far exceed expectations exponentially,” said CEO Abbe Kruger. “It’s been inspiring to see a change in people’s quality of life.”

Kruger and her colleagues spoke to about 20 people Monday at Canteen Park in Kingston who were there for “Medical Marijuana Mondays.” They will hold educational events at

6:30 p.m. every Monday in July at the restaurant.

She talked about the state’s program, explained how to obtain a medical marijuana ID card and how the dispensary works and answered questions from the group.

When the dispensary first opened but before it stocked

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