First Medical Marijuana Sale To Happen In Butler

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The first legal medical marijuana sales under a 2-year-old state law began Thursday at a dispensary in western Pennsylvania, with the first purchase by a woman who lobbied for passage of the law.

Only those enrolled as patients or caregivers are allowed inside dispensaries.

More than 17,000 people statewide have registered for a medical marijuana card, of which more than 4,000 patients have been certified. "We are fulfilling the governor's promise and the legislative mandate to get the medical marijuana program up and running in two years", Pennsylvania's Acting Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said Wednesday afternoon.

So far, more than 17,000 patients have begun the process of being approved to purchase medical marijuana and almost 4,000 have been certified by a doctor, Wolf said. About 700 doctors have registered for the program and 376 have completed the training to become certified.

The national average cost of an ounce of medical marijuana was $320 in November, according to The Price of Weed, a global price index tracking the marijuana industry. Students themselves shall not be permitted to possess any form of medical marijuana at any time on school property or during any school activities on school property. Those conditions are mostly chronic and debilitating, including epilepsy, glaucoma, ALS, severe vomiting from AIDS or cancer treatment, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, and other terminal illnesses.

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"You forget, sort of, what that initial patient, that initial purchase, how long they've been waiting for it", Bachtell said.

Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana in the spring of 2016 and has adhered to an ambitious plan to make it available to people who have a qualifying medical condition. That dispensary opens Friday morning.

In the FOX43 viewing area, permits have been issued to companies looking to open additional dispensaries in Lancaster, Hanover and Steelton in the opening introductory phase.

"At this point the Office of Medical Marijuana is crisscrossing the state inspecting dispensaries that are ready to be inspected for approval".

Carl Shaw of Pittsburgh's North Side neighborhood shows a medical card that allows him to buy medical marijuana at a Butler dispensary.

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