First business approved to grow medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania has given its first green light to a medical marijuana company to start growing cannabis under the state’s new MJ program

The Morning Call newspaper reported the state health department approved Cresco Yeltrah – based in Jefferson County in western Pennsylvania – as fully operational, making it the first of 12 cultivation/processing licensees to win approval.

The company plans to grow more than 30 strains of flower as well as produce cannabis oil, transdermal patches and capsules, with the goal of having its products ready for sale in February.

The remaining 11 licensees should be approved in the “coming weeks,” according to the Morning Call.

Cresco Yeltrah is an affiliate of Illinois-based Cresco Labs. The company also has a dispensary license and plans to open storefronts in Pittsburgh and two other cities.