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VERNON TOWNSHIP — Crawford County’s first medical marijuana dispensary is slated to open this week near Meadville.

Rise Dispensaries opens at  9 a.m. Wednesday at 18914 Park Avenue Plaza, which is the former Key Bank office location.

Rise Dispensaries are owned by Green Thumb Industries Inc., a leading national cannabis consumer packaged goods company based in Chicago, Illinois. The Vernon Township location will be the 15th Rise retail site in Pennsylvania and its 56th nationwide.

Profits from the first day of sales will be donated to Women’s Services Inc., which serves children and adults of Crawford County who are in crisis due to domestic violence, sexual violence or homelessness.

“Women’s Services is doing incredible work on behalf of families in crisis situations who need shelter and support services and we are grateful to donate to the cause,” Ben Kovler, Green Thumb Industries’ founder and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

Bruce Harlan, executive director for Women’s Services, said the organization welcomes the support.

“Their decision to share a percentage of first-day sales to our organization is evidence of their eagerness to support our vision to create ‘communities free from violence,’” he said. “Local charities rely on private

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