Pennsylvania approves first medical pot facility to operate

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on October 20, 2017.

The Department of Health in Pennsylvania has given approval to a licensed grower and processor in Jefferson County medical to start growing marijuana.

Governor Tom Wolf announced Cresco Yeltrahhas been given green light to operate. It is the first facility of the 12 grower and processor permit recipients to be deemed fully operational.

“In the coming weeks, we expect the 11 other grower/processors to be ready to grow and process medical marijuana. We are working with them, as well as the dispensaries, to ensure the program stays on track. Patients are our first priority, and we want to get medication to them as safely and efficiently as possible,” said acting Health Secretary and Physician General Rachel Levine.

Cresco Yeltrah, which is an affiliate of Cresco Labs, the largest medical pot producer in Illinois,is expected to grow over 30 genetic strains in the facility. The company will also create an array of “pharmaceutical-grade” marijuana products including vapor oils, trans-dermal patches and pills.

The permits were issued by the Health Department in June and the companies were given a time of six months to start operations. Cresco Yeltrahhad begun the construction immediately after receiving its permit. After inspections from the Health Department, the company will now start getting seeds to grow medical cannabis.

Besides, the company has also earned one of 27 dispensary permits. It has plans to open stores in Pittsburgh, Butler and a third location. The products are expected to hit the market in February next year.

The Medical Marijuana Program, which became a law in April last year will offer medical pot treatment to patients with 17 serious medical complications.

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