Lehigh Valley, meet cannabis vape pens, tinctures, capsules and Rick Simpson Oil.
There’s going to be a learning curve for many seeking relief as Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program gets rolling, and that’s where places like Keystone Canna Remedies come in.
Keystone, at 1309 Stefko Blvd. across from Just Born Quality Confections in Bethlehem, held its grand opening Wednesday as the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary approved for operation.
A schedule of patient workshops begins Monday — the first “Vaporizing 101” is Jan. 26 — followed by the first prescriptions filled, expected next month.
“We do have our grand opening today,” said Victor Guadagnino Jr., chief business development officer for Keystone Canna Remedies, during a ribbon-cutting Wednesday morning.
“We’ll be opening for educational workshops until February,” he continued. “Mid-February is what we’re hearing is when medicine will be available from the grower/processors.”
Wednesday’s event, organized by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, was packed despite snowfall overnight. Valets parked guests’ cars and inside, a table of catered munchies was set up across the room from an array of medical marijuana sample products.
Products on display
Rick Simpson Oil, or RSO, was one of the items on display — a concentrated form of cannabis named for the Canadian hospital engineer who invented it, according to leafly.com. It can be added to food, and a very small amount goes a long way toward offering relief to patients suffering from any of Pennsylvania’s 17 medical conditions approved for a marijuana prescription, said Bradley Carlson, Keystone’s director of pharmacy.
Vape pens offer a push-button way to inhale marijuana without the smoke. The state does not permit dispensing marijuana in plant form, but changing that is one of the issues under review by the state’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, Pennsylvania Physician General Rachel Levine said at Wednesday’s event. A recommendation is expected