Legal medical marijuana sales begin at Pennsylvania facility

The first legal medical marijuana sales under a 2-year-old state law began Thursday at a dispensary in western Pennsylvania, with the first purchase by a woman who lobbied for passage of the law.

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A line of about a dozen people greeted employees as they opened the doors of the Cresco Yeltrah dispensary in Butler. Five other dispensaries are expected to start sales in the coming days.

Diana Briggs of Export, Pennsylvania, said the $178 purchase she made should easily be enough to treat her 17-year-old son Ryan for a month.

She credits medical marijuana for reducing Ryan’s seizures from more than 400 to fewer than 50 a day.

“A very long and winding, four-year journey brought me here today,” Briggs said after buying a tincture and some capsules. “I have been crying all day.”

Cresco Yeltrah chief executive Charlie Bachtell said the first day of public operation was “so far, so good.”

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