Pennsylvania On Track To Have Medical Marijuana In 2018

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana market officially got its footing this week after a grower 100 miles north of Pittsburgh was approved by the state’s Department of Health.

Cresco Yeltrah LLC is the first company in Pennsylvania to be given the green light for cannabis cultivation by state officials.  

"Every day we hear from patients who are desperately waiting for medical marijuana to help alleviate the symptoms of their serious medical conditions," Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement. "My message to them today is that Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program is moving forward and we will have medication to them sometime in 2018.

"Cresco Yeltrah will now be able to grow medical marijuana, making sure that patients will not have to wait much longer."

Cresco Yeltrah LLC was one of 12 grower/processors to receive a permit from the state back in June. The company can now officially accept seeds and plant clones following a series of state health inspections on the Brookville facility. It’s estimated that the company’s products could make their way onto dispensary shelves by January.

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program was signed into law in April of 2016. Residents suffering from one of 17 conditions including cancer, chronic pain and PTSD can be recommended for the program.

Cresco Yeltrah plans to open dispensaries in Butler and Pittsburgh.

h/t Philadelphia Media Network

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