Pennsylvania medical marijuana patients will have access to cannabis flower when it becomes available in dispensaries on August 1. Under Pennsylvania law, patients will not be allowed to smoke medical marijuana. However, vaporizing “dry leaf” cannabis, as it is referred to in state regulations, will be permissible.

Chris Visco, the co-founder of  TerraVida Holistic Centers, told local media that the medical marijuana dispensary is planning for a busy day when the new regulations go into effect next week.

“We’re expecting 300 to 400 patients at our Abington store the first day,” said Visco. “People will likely be in line at 8 a.m. We’re hiring an extra security guard and an extra valet parking person. This is a game-changer.”

More Affordable Option for Patients

Luke Schultz is a medicinal cannabis advocate who serves on the state’s medical marijuana advisory board. He said that “dry leaf” cannabis gives patients a more affordable option.

“The price point of the flower will be less than the concentrates because it doesn’t have to go through additional processing,” said Schultz. “We hope it will be at or slightly above what black market prices are because the program should be designed to discourage people going to the black market.”

Rob Stanley, the manager

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