DuBOIS — Medical marijuana was the topic of Wednesday’s Greater DuBois Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development’s Business Over Breakfast meeting at the Best Western Conference Center in DuBois.
Guest presenter was Beth Bittner, director of communications for Cresco-Yeltrah, which is the first cultivator to have the state’s permission to begin growing and processing marijuana as part of the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana program.
Cresco Yeltrah, which was one of the highest scoring contenders in the state’s rigorous application process, is constructing a state-of-the-art cultivation center and laboratory in Brookville and dispensaries in Butler, Pittsburgh (Strip District), and a third location that has not yet been selected.
“We passed our final inspection in the middle of October, before Oct. 20, so we started to grow immediately,” Bittner said. “We are roughly six to eight weeks ahead of anyone else that we know of. Time-wise, we still fully intend to have product on the shelf by the second week of February, which is wonderful because we still intend to be first on the market. That’s really not the issue with us. The issue is the sooner we get relief to people, the better.”
Bittner encouraged the public to get educated about Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program. Legislation which was signed into law on April 17, 2016, by Gov. Tom Wolf and aims to be the most medically focused cannabis program in the country. The legislation passed with bipartisan support and will create an advisory board to make recommendations to the Department of Health as the program is implemented. The department will oversee a medically driven program through repeatable, controlled dosage, non-combustible products for patients.
Approved conditions include: ALS, autism, cancer, Chrohn’s Disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/Aids,