The state of Pennsylvania welcomed its first medical marijuana dispensary in Bethlehem on Wednesday January 17. Keystone Canna Remedies (the name of the shop) isn’t like your average west coast dispensary, but yet the opposite as they set it up in a professional medical facility manner.
With no signs promoting the plant or the smell, once you enter the building you’re already welcomed to a spacious lobby where security will check if you have the right identification/ physician recommendations. Once you get past that you have the option to talk to physicians about treatment options and state laws/regulations if they don’t understand them yet.
While edibles & flowers won’t be sold due to Pennsylvania state laws, patients will have the option to choose between vaporizers, cartridges, tinctures, oils and even lotions. They can also choose between products that contain THC – the psychoactive ingredient that gets people high – and CBD – a purely medicinal compound of the plant that does not produce a high.
“The state is setting the standard for how other states should implement medical marijuana programs” stated Victor Guadagnino Jr. one of the founders of Keystone Canna Remedies.
The opening of Keystone Canna Remedies comes in an uncertain time for the marijuana industry as Jeff Sessions repealed an Obama-era directive that allowed states to decide their own marijuana laws.
“I’m not worried because we’re focused on getting the patients access. When people can see the benefits cannabis can have, I think there is going to be a lot of change at the national level, we believe that the state will protect us” said Victor Guadagnino Jr.
Keystone Canna Remedies is open to the public for consultations and educational workshops only. The dispensary will begin selling medication in February.