Medical marijuana available Friday (to patients) at Bethlehem dispensary

Medical marijuana products will be available for the first time to registered patients Friday at Bethlehem dispensary Keystone Canna Remedies, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday.

A dispensary in Butler County outside Pittsburgh will make medicine available one day earlier — Thursday.

The Terra Vida Holistic Center dispensary in Sellersville, Bucks County will start providing patients with medicine on Saturday.

Patients are encouraged to contact the dispensary directly before visiting to see if an appointment is required. Keystone Canna Remedies, for example, requires a consultation.

“Pennsylvanians have been waiting years for this moment,” Wolf said in a statement. “Medical marijuana is legal, safe and now available to Pennsylvanians suffering from 17 serious medical conditions. In less than two years, we have developed a regulatory infrastructure, approved physicians as practitioners, certified patients to participate and launched a new industry to help thousands find relief from their debilitating symptoms.”

Those conditions are Lou Gehrig’s disease, autism, cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Huntington’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord damage, chronic pain, neuropathies and intractable seizures.

To date, ten dispensaries and ten grower/processors have been approved to operate. Mission Pennsylvania is expected to open Lehigh County’s first dispensary at 2733 W. Emmaus Ave, Allentown. Keystone Canna Remedies has plans to open a second dispensary in Lehigh County.

Keystone Canna Remedies held its grand opening in Bethlehem Jan. 17.

More than 17,000 patients have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, with nearly 4,000 certified by a physician. Physicians continue to register to participate in the program. To date, 708 have registered and of those, 376 have competed the training to become certified practitioners.

In order to become operational, the grower/processors and dispensaries have each undergone several inspections from the Department of

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