Pennsylvania medical marijuana dispensaries already have shortages, just over two weeks after the beginning of the state’s medical marijuana program.
Pennsylvania’s medicinal cannabis program launched on February 16. But so far only one distributor, Cresco Yeltrah, has actually started shipping medicine. The remaining wholesalers should start coming online by the end of the month.
The shelves are bare at the two dispensaries in the Philadelphia area. Chris Visco co-owns the TerraVida Holistic Center in Sellersville. He told local media that his shop is selling product almost as fast as they can get it.
“We have no inventory. We took a shipment on Wednesday. On Thursday, we had the biggest sales day we’ve ever had. By this morning, all we had left were a handful of disposable vape pens,” he said.
Visco added that the preliminary results are beyond his wildest expectations.
“Pennsylvania’s market is much larger than anybody anticipated,” Visco said. “No one could have projected it. I had projected 60 people initially for the entire month,” Visco said. “We had over 600 patients in our first eight days.”