PA Dispensary Opens
New Medical Marijuana dispensary in PA Opens
Harvest Enterprises Inc., usually shortened to nothing more than Harvest, bagged approval to open a medical-use cannabis dispensary in Berks County, Pennsylvania, home of the bustling city of Reading, from the Pennsylvania Department of Health roughly a year ago.
Roughly three months ago, on October 4, 2018, at twelve o’ clock noon, Harvest opened its doors to Pennsylvanian medical cannabis patients. Harvest was opened at and is currently located at 3225 North 5th Street Highway Suite 1, found in the downtown area of Reading, Pennsylvania.
Harvest opened the location in Reading to reduce patients’ travel times to the nearest dispensaries. Before Harvest brought its operations to Berks County, Pennsylvania, residents of Reading were forced to drive upwards of an hour to visit dispensaries.
All About Harvest Enterprises’ PA Dispensary Operations
The Reading-based Harvest dispensary carries a wide variety of cannabis and cannabinoid-containing products. A few of these products include concentrates, alcohol-based tinctures, topical ointments, cannabis flower, and cannabinoid-infused sweet treats. Harvest has even gone as far as retaining the services of a physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or pharmacist to answer customers’ questions from a level-headed, tried-and-true medical perspective.
Harvest’s Reading, PA dispensary was initially open for a three-day span – Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 in the morning Eastern Standard Time to seven in the evening. The company has yet to expand its hours into a full-time schedule. Regardless, the medical marijuana program participants who live in Reading are happy to have a cannabis dispensary within a few miles’ drive for at least a few days a week.
What Does the Future of Harvest’s Pennsylvanian Dispensaries Look Like?
Under Pennsylvania state law, individuals and corporations who are given retail cannabis business licenses are able to open a maximum of three stores throughout the state. Reading and its Harvest-brand dispensary are found in the southwestern portion of Pennsylvania. Harvest is preparing to open a location in southeastern Pennsylvania within the next two years.
More Information About Harvest Enterprises Inc.
The company currently maintains just short of 50 retail cannabis licenses across nine states, located from as far west as California to as east as Pennsylvania and Maryland. Harvest is also an active donor to causes including the American Cancer Society and homelessness in the nation’s vetern population. Thus far, its donations have exceeded a half-million dollars.
What Are the Laws Regarding Cannabis Like in Pennsylvania, Anyway?
First, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane to understand how and when cannabis laws changed in Pennsylvania and several of its cities.
In late 2014, Philadelphia was made the first city in Pennsylvania to decriminalize cannabis. Citizens, residents, and travelers in the city can possess a maximum of 30 grams of cannabis flower. Pittsburgh soon thereafter adopted similar laws. Since, the municipalities of York, Erie, State College, Allentown, Lancaster, and Harrisburg have also decriminalized the possession of marijuana.
In 2016, Tom Wolf, the Governor of Pennsylvania, signed Senate Bill 3 into action and ACT 16, which allowed residents of the state to obtain medical cannabis through the help of physicians and dispensaries.
Currently, people whose physicians have recommended cannabis for their medical issues are allowed to purchase a maximum of 30 days’ worth of cannabis flower. Patients in the state’s medical marijuana program can then purchase more flower 23 days after the most previous 30-day-supply purchase.
How Do Pennsylvanians Get Accepted into the Program?
An extensive list of conditions qualify patients of all ages for entry into the state’s medicinal cannabis program. A few of these conditions include opioid use disorder, Crohn’s disease, cancer, HIV, multiple sclerosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder.