Center City's 1st medical marijuana dispensary opens Thursday

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The first medical marijuana dispensary in Center City Philadelphia opened Thursday.

Beyond/Hello, located at 1206 of Sansom Street, opened its doors at 9 a.m.

It is the first medical marijuana dispensary approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to open in the city.

The company opened a medical marijuana dispensary in Bristol, Bucks County last May.

Beyond/Hello says it will serve patients and caregivers with valid Pennsylvania medical marijuana cards.

The company says there will be a full menu of "lab certified and state-approved products, including dry leaf (flower), concentrates, oil cartridges, capsules, hard concentrates, tinctures, topicals, batteries, chargers and more."

There will also be medical professionals and trained to be on site to assist customers.

It will be open Monday to Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"It's a long time overdue for Pennsylvania and Center City to have space where they can come and get safe, easy access to medicine without having to drive far," said company president Blythe Huestis.

Medical marijuana was legalized in April of 2016 and first became available in the commonwealth nearly a year ago.

Beyond/Hello is expanding quickly. In fact, by this summer, they hope to open up five additional locations, with some in Philadelphia.

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