People have been stopping at the red brick building located near two supermarkets and a brew pub in Cumberland County.
They want to know one thing: When can I come here to buy medical marijuana?
The answer to that question became suddenly clear on Tuesday, when Pennsylvania announced that six medical marijuana dispensaries will likely be open by Saturday.
One of those is Organic Remedies Dispensary located in a small business park in the 4000 block of Valley Road in Hampden Township.
On Tuesday, Eric Hauser, the CEO, said he expects the first delivery of medical marijuana to arrive sometime Thursday. He’s still dealing with equipment-related matters and some other last-minute details. But he said he’s confident Organic Remedies will open Friday.
He expects significant demand, given that the other dispensaries expected to open this week all are located near the eastern and western edges of the state. Pennsylvania is in the process of approving others, and it’s expected there will eventually be more than 50 dispensaries operating across the state.
Within a few weeks Organic Remedies expects to open a Chambersburg location.
Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana in May 2016 and embarked on a fast-paced plan to devise regulations and give final approval to growers, processors and dispensaries within two years.
People with one of 17 approved medical conditions can buy medical medical marijuana after receiving approval from a doctor who has received special training from the state. Several thousand patients were approved and thousands more were in the process as of Tuesday.
Patients arriving at the Organic Remedies will be asked to show their medical marijuana card and a government issued photo ID. Then they will fill out a form that will ask about their medical history and other medications before they