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Legal medical marijuana sales begin in Pennsylvania

A medical marijuana dispensary in Pennsylvania became the first in the state to sell product to a patient on Thursday under the state’s new MMJ program.

The dispensary, Cresco Yeltrah, is located in western Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania lawmakers overwhelmingly approved MMJ legalization in 2016.

According to the Associated Press, the first customer was a woman buying medical marijuana for her son, who suffers from seizures. She spent $178.

The AP reported that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday that about 3,000 patients have received medical marijuana identification cards and more than 17,000 patients have signed up for the program.

Pennsylvania’s MMJ program is expected to grow into one of the country’s largest markets.

Five other dispensaries plan to begin sales this week.

Cresco Yeltrah, in Butler County, is a vertically integrated company that is also the first grower to supply cannabis to the market. Its grow operation is located in Jefferson County.

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