The first medical marijuana dispensary in southwest Pennsylvania opened its doors Thursday.
CY+, located in Butler, is one of five dispensaries that have gotten the final “OK” from the state to begin selling cannabis. The owners of CY+ also operate the grow operation Cresco Yeltrah in Brookeville.
Diana Briggs, 47, lives about 40 minutes away from CY+ in Westmoreland County. Her son Ryan, 17, has epilepsy and she said this dispensary opening is “a dream come true,” so he can use medical marijuana.
“For years we just thought this was what he had to deal with. And as a family we all dealt with it,” said Briggs, who is also the director for Campaign for Compassion, a medical marijuana advocacy group. “Ryan is healthier and more aware and alert than he has ever been, that has changed our entire family’s lives.”
Only people with certain medical conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis, are allowed to purchase the product. Patients or caregivers must apply for an ID card through the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
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