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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Sales Surpass $500 Million

by on November 21, 2019 9:30 AM

Video produced by Centre County Report / Jerome Taylor.

Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program has now generated more than half a billion dollars in sales since it began two years ago, with 147,000 certified patients and 72 dispensaries across the state.

Nature's Medicines on North Atherton Street is Centre County's sole dispensary and managers Nia and Angel Rodriguez have seen first-hand the program's growth.

New additions to the approved treatable conditions have been a key growth factor.

"The state has released anxiety for one of the qualifying conditions, so with anxiety patients we end up getting about between 14 to 18 new patients per day," Nia Rodriguez said.

Anxiety was added to the list of qualifying conditions in July and more could be on the way.

"We started with 17 approved conditions. Now we're at 23," Angel Rodriguez said. "There's a lot more conditions out there that people suffer from that are not on this list. So as those things start getting added on to these lists you're going to see that number expand... "

The success of the program has allowed Nature's Medicines to open two more dispensaries in Pennsylvania, and in State College it's allowed for more employment opportunities.

"When we first opened in June of 2018 there were seven employees including the pharmacist. Now we have almost 30 employees," Nia Rodriguez said.

The growth, however, does come with some logistical challenges. Angel Rodriguez said it can make it difficult to keep up with demand.

"We could see where the large quantity of patients that have been approved and are on the program now, it's hard to keep up with them, because the demand is so great and the product is not there at this point," he said.

The Centre County Report is produced by students and faculty from Penn State's College of Communications. It is designed to serve a dual purpose. It is a source of news and information to the residents of Centre County.
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