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Earlier this year, The Daily Item and CNHI newspapers across Pennsylvania highlighted the challenges with rural health care in certain locations in the commonwealth.

The issues range from transportation to access of specialists and connectivity for growing telemedicine appointments. Add access to medical marijuana to that list.

According to data provided to The Daily Item by the Department of Health, there are more than 50,000 people registered for medical marijuana who live in one of 29 rural counties without a single medical marijuana dispensary. Montour and Union counties are among those 29 counties. Fortunately, there are dispensaries in Selinsgrove, Shamokin and Bloomsburg that are within a short drive.

The Department of Health website lists 127 dispensaries operating in the state. The data provided by DOH officials shows that in the North-Central Region, which covers all of the Valley along with eight other counties that cover a huge swath of land stretching along Route 15 north to the New York border, west to Bradford and then back south to Centre County there are 27,206 medical marijuana patients. Seven of 12 counties have no

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