Second medical marijuana dispensary opens in New Kensington – TribLIVE

Obtaining medical marijuana just got more convenient in the Alle-Kiski Valley, with the opening of another dispensary in New Kensington.

Zen Leaf medical cannabis dispensary opened Friday at 215 Tarentum Bridge Road, in the former Papa John’s Pizza location.

“It’s been great. A strong start,” said Joseph Kuches, Zen Leaf senior operations manager.

Pennsylvania implemented its Medical Marijuana Program in April 2016. Zen Leaf is the 35th dispensary operating in Southwestern Pennsylvania, according to the state Department of Health.

The other New Kensington dispensary is Sunnyside Medical Cannabis Dispensary at 4 Kensington Square.

Medical marijuana sold at Zen Leaf and other licensed dispensaries is grown and harvested in Pennsylvania. Zen Leaf operates a 62,000-square-foot indoor growing facility in Chester, Delaware County.

Its New Kensington location operates daily and features drive-thru or in-person service.

Zen Leaf is owned by Verano, a national cannabis operator with 14 production facilities nationwide comprising more than 1 million square feet of cultivation capabilities.

“Opening Zen Leaf New Kensington is another positive step forward in Pennsylvania, one of Verano’s core markets,” said George Archos, Verano founder and CEO.

“We’re thrilled to expand our footprint to serve additional Pennsylvania patients and offer our suite of premium

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