Cresco Labs Opens Third Pittsburgh Area Dispensary

PENNSYLVANIA: Cresco Labs, one of the largest vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States, has announced the opening of a CY+ dispensary in New Kensington, Pennsylvania. To commemorate the opening, Cresco welcomed Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman to cut the ceremonial ribbon and to speak about the opioid crisis plaguing the state and Cresco’s role in advancing medicinal cannabis as a safe and accessible alternative for patients. With New Kensington as the third CY+ dispensary to open in Pennsylvania, Cresco has licenses for three more dispensaries planned to open during the second quarter of 2019.

“We are excited to open our third CY+ dispensary in the growing Pennsylvania market and to be the first in the Pittsburgh metro area to launch our online ordering feature,” said Cresco Labs CEO and co-founder Charlie Bachtell. “Patients across the state can reserve their orders online and enjoy convenient and easy access to their selected medicines at three dispensaries in Pennsylvania with three more planned for the first half of this year. These firsts in the state of Pennsylvania underscore our mission to normalize and professionalize the cannabis experience for customers across a multitude of market segments.”

Cresco Labs first entered the Pennsylvania market in February 2018 with the opening of its Butler retail dispensary, making the first ever legal sale of cannabis under Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program. Cresco’s flagship location in Pennsylvania, which opened in June 2018, is located in the historic Strip District of the city of Pittsburgh. Cresco also operates a state-of-the-art cultivation facility in the city of Brookeville.

“We’re creating a retail experience that matches the varied needs of our patients,” Bachtell continued. “We are incorporating technology that can help patients get the product they want when they want it, and without the wait. In conjunction with our New Kensington dispensary, we are also launching our RESERVE branded product in Pennsylvania, delivering a premium and exclusive cannabis experience based on years of selective plant breeding. Our CY+ dispensaries carry a high-quality selection of products such as dry leaf, vape pens and cartridges, oral sprays, pills, topicals, and transdermal patches from growers across the state. We are deeply committed to solidifying our market leadership in one of the most attractive and highly coveted markets in the country and expanding the relief we provide to patients in that state.”

Pennsylvania operates as a high-barrier market with very limited market participation. Retail sales opened in February 2018 to a limited number of retail locations across the state. Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana market is expected to become one of the biggest markets in the U.S., according to Marijuana Business Daily, January 2018. Cresco Labs operates as Cresco Yeltrah in Pennsylvania.

Cleveland Cannabis Influencers Gather At MJBA To Celebrate Opening Of Ohio Medical Marijuana Program

By Michelle Blank

There was a new energy and excitement in the air this past Thursday night as the Cleveland Chapter of the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) held its January Meetup, hosted by Steve Baden at the law offices of Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis.

TraceyDwyerBloomThe meeting of Cleveland-area professionals fell on the night after the official start of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program, with four dispensaries opening their doors to the public. The Forest of Sandusky and Cresco Labs CY+ made the official first two sales with Ohio Valley Natural Relief LLC and The Botanist following closely behind.

To the gathered MJBA attendees – lawyers, healthcare professionals, patients, advocates and entrepreneurs — there was a newfound excitement that Ohio’s mmj program, created when House Bill 523 was passed in 2016 and signed into law by Governor John Kasich, is finally becoming reality after more than two years of delay.

janmeetup2clevelandThe official total sales for the first day totaled $75,000, with 8.7 pounds of legal cannabis being sold. To date, 3,575 patients have legally registered with the State as Medical Marijuana Patients, with those numbers expecting to grow daily.

mjbacleveland3The packed room had representatives from Buckeye Relief, a Level 1 Cultivator; Herbology Dispensary, The Clubhouse Dispensary; The Cleveland School of Cannabis; Dr. Solomon Zarraa, with Compassionate Cleveland; Michael Bush, National Cannabis Insurance, and many other industry professionals who came together to network, share information and build community.

Alicia Reaves, co-founder of Midwest CannaWomen, kicked off the meeting with a passionate speech about her organization and why she decided to form her group to help women become more involved in the State’s Medical Marijuana Industry. “I started Midwest CannaWomen because I have been in the industry since May 2017, and I have attended events and networked… and I never see myself. There is a lack of women – especially minority women – in CEO or even supervisory positions in the Cannabis Industry. I want to provide opportunities and resources for all women, so that they may have a place in the industry.” She is definitely becoming a voice to be heard!

MJBAClevelandSpeakerTracey Dwyer, Regional Patient Outreach Director of Bloom Medicinals, then took the floor to educate participants on her company’s Dispensaries located here in Ohio and throughout the United States. “What makes Bloom Medicinals an exceptional dispensary experience is our commitment to clinical excellence, superior product, and above all – deep compassionate care for our patients.”   Ms. Dwyer also fielded many questions and spurred conversations amongst the crowd on various topics including the State’s 21 Qualifying Medical Conditions and Ohio’s daily dosage of 2.8 Grams – dubbed what is now known as an “Ohio Tenth”.

cleveland4As is customary at MJBA events, the crowd lingered well after the speakers wrapped up to network, with business cards being exchanged and industry relationships being formed.

What a great way to start 2019. Ohio – I think we are officially going somewhere!!

MJBA Cleveland hosts meetings bi-monthly. For more information on how to become a member, please visit mjba.net