The area's first medical marijuana dispensary is open for business

A line of people stood outside Erie’s first medical marijuana dispensary, hoping that the products inside can help ease their pain.

‘Rise’ opened its doors at 9am this morning.  Each person at the dispensary qualified for a medical marijuana card by being diagnosed with one of the 17 qualifying conditions.  That information is sent to the state, and a card will be sent to the patient that allows them to legally purchase marijuana for medical purposes. 

The product is only sold in oils and vapes. 

Marketing President for Green Thumb Industries, the company that owns Rise, says,  “Hopefully, it will provide relief in some form, but it’s not for everybody. If someone does not choose to use medical marijuana, we’re fine with that.”

There are 12 cultivation centers in Pennsylvania where the processing takes place.

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