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Dry leaf medical marijuana to hit some Pa. dispensaries Wednesday

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Over a dozen medical marijuana dispensaries, including some in Central Pennsylvania, will begin selling dry leaf forms of the plant on Wednesday.

The Wolf administration said the medication will be phased in at dispensaries across the commonwealth starting Aug. 1 at 16 locations. Locally, they include CURE Pennsylvania in Manheim Township, Organic Remedies in Hampden Township and RISE Dispensaries in Steelton.

The medication will be available at 28 more locations next week.

RISE in North Middleton Township, Cumberland County is among those that will have it by Aug. 8.

Sale of dry-leaf forms has been expected for months after Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed off on it in April.

Until now, dispensaries could only sell marijuana in processed forms such as oils and tinctures.

"The dry leaf form of medical marijuana provides a cost-effective option for patients, in addition to the other forms of medication already available at dispensaries," Levine said in a statement.

State law prohibits the dry leaf or flower marijuana from being smoked or consumed in edibles. It is available for vaporization only.

More than 52,000 patients have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, with more than 30,000 receiving identification cards enabling them to visit dispensaries to purchase medical marijuana.

More than 1,000 physicians have registered for the program, with more than 700 approved as practitioners.

Sales will begin Aug. 1 at the following dispensaries in the state:

• Columbia Care, 1790 North Keyser Avenue, Scranton;

• Cresco Yeltrah, 201 Pillow Street, Butler;

• Cresco Yeltrah, 2116 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh;

• CURE Pennsylvania, 1866 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster;

• Liberty, 8900 Krewstown Road, Philadelphia;

• Ilera Healthcare, 420 Plymouth Road, Plymouth Meeting;

• Keystone Canna Remedies, 1309 Stefko Boulevard, Bethlehem;

• Keystone Center Integrative Wellness, 1490 High Street, Williamsport;

• Keystone Shops, 367 South Henderson, King of Prussia;

• Organic Remedies, 4425 Valley Road, Enola;

• Restore Integrative Wellness, 957-963 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia;

• RISE, 801 South Front Street, Steelton;

• RISE, 2108 West 8th Street, Erie;

• Solevo, 5600 Forward Avenue, Pittsburgh;

• TerraVida Holistic Centers, 1626 Old York Road, Abington; and

• TerraVida Holistic Centers, 249 Planebrook Road, Malvern.

The following dispensaries will have medication by Aug. 8:

• CURE Pennsylvania, 500 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville;

• Beyond/Hello, 2412 Durham Road, Bristol;

• Liberty, 2030 West Main Street, Norristown;

• Justice Grown, 7B Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville;

• Keystone Shops, 420 West Lancaster Avenue, Devon;

• Knox Medical, 648 Frederick Street, Hanover;

• Mission Pennsylvania II, 2733 West Emmaus Avenue, Allentown;

• Organic Remedies, 900 Wayne Avenue, Chambersburg;

• PA Natural Medicine, 2105 North Atherton Street, State College;

• RISE, 872 Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle;

• TerraVida Holistic Centers, 64 North Main Street, Sellersville; and

• The Healing Center, 799 West Chestnut Street, Washington.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the medical marijuana bill into law in April 2016. Dispensaries opened in February.

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Shelby White

Shelby White covers banking and finance, law and Lancaster County for the Central Penn Business Journal. For tips, email her at swhite@cpbj.com.

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