A Bethlehem facility has been given a green light to start dispensing medical marijuana to qualifying patients as soon as the drug is available in coming months, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday.
GuadCo LLC’s dispensary, Keystone Canna Remedies, at 1309 Stefko Blvd., is the Lehigh Valley’s first medical marijuana operation to secure final approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
The facility will open the third week of January to offer patients and physicians educational guidance about the law, and the medicine will become available in the middle of February, said Victor Guadagnino Jr., a company co-founder.
“We are very excited to be able to be part of the program and on a larger scale Pennsylvania has implemented medical marijuana in a very efficient way,” he said. “They’ve worked in a team-like manner to get medicine into patients’ hands.”
The 2016 state law legalized medical marijuana for people suffering from one of 17 qualifying conditions, including AIDS, autism, cancer, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and Crohn’s disease. The law permits pills, oils, vapor or liquid marijuana,