Sellersville marijuana dispensary open, first doses available Saturday

One of the first dispensaries to be operational in southeastern Pennsylvania, TerraVida Holistic Centers co-owner Chris Visco said more than 300 patients have been consulted already, and the first shipment of marijuana should be available Saturday.

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Bucks County’s first medical marijuana dispensary officially opened Tuesday night, one of only six dispensaries now open statewide. The center is expected to begin dispensing marijuana by Saturday.

It is not only one of the first operational dispensaries in southeastern Pennsylvania, the location is the first female-owned medical marijuana company in the state. Chris Visco, co-owner of TerraVida Holistic Centers LLC, said employees at the 64 N. Main St. dispensary have already consulted with about 300 patients eager to receive the medication Pennsylvania legalized in 2016.

While the center is currently open, only one Jefferson County grower, Cresco Yeltrah, is ready to deliver to dispensaries beginning Thursday, according to a news release from Gov. Tom Wolf.

“We are just so moved by the stories that we hear each and every day from the patients we talk to,” Visco said Tuesday. She added one of the youngest patients expected to receive medical marijuana is a 7-year-old child with brain cancer, who will use a particularly “aggressive” hemp-oil for treatment.

Only patients registered with the state’s medical marijuana program and with a prescription from a doctor will be able to purchase medication at the dispensary, which will be operated under the regulations set by the state. The dispensary, which only had mockups of its products at the opening Tuesday, is located in a former law office next to the Sellersville Fire Co. No. 27 building.

The building is secured by an alarm system and inside patients are greeted at a window, much like when they go to a doctor’s visit. Sellersville did not

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