What to Know
- Dry leaf marijuana is now available at 16 dispensaries across Pennsylvania .
- Next week, 12 more locations will offer the dry leaf form.
- Not only is this option cheaper to patients, but it can also be quicker for those who need instant relief.
A new type of medical marijuana is bringing hope to families in the Keystone State.
"The dry leaf form of medical marijuana provides a cost-effective option for patients, in addition to the other forms of medication already available at dispensaries," Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said.
Sixteen medical marijuana dispensaries across Pennsylvania began offering the cheaper option for patients Wednesday morning.
The Wolf Administration announced the plan to phase in dry leaf marijuana Monday morning. The two-week roll out of the dry leaf form will increase the participating dispensaries from 16 to 28 by Aug. 8.
In addition to cost, it can also work more quickly for patients who require instant relief.
While it still is illegal to smoke, the dry leaf form, also known as "Flower," offers the options to vaporize the medical marijuana for the first time. Before Wednesday, you could only get the product in the form of a pill or oil.
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Since the Medical Marijuana Program was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf in 2016, more than 52,000 patients have registered in Pennsylvania.
"It’s a great day for medical marijuana patients in Pennsylvania," State Sen. Daylin Leach said about the milestone. "Allowing whole plant is a huge milestone for our program and I’m so proud that we can offer it to Pennsylvanians."
Families are already lauding the benefits of medical marijuana.
"To hear my son laugh or smile, it does something," Dave Weiner said about his son Jayden who is having his seizures treated with medical marijuana after earlier drug treatments.
"It saved his life," Jayden's mother, Michelle Carroll said.
Check out the list below for all of the Philadelphia-area dispensaries participating in Wednesday's dry leaf roll out:
- Liberty, 8900 Krewstown Road, Philadelphia
- Ilera Healthcare, 420 Plymouth Road, Plymouth Meeting
- Keystone Shops, 367 South Henderson, King of Prussia
- Restore Integrative Wellness, 957-963 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia
- TerraVida Holistic Centers, 1626 Old York Road, Abington
- TerraVida Holistic Centers, 249 Planebrook Road, Malvern
For more information about the introduction of dry leaf marijuana and the entire program, visit Pennsylvania's website.