First medical marijuana business gets green light to grow

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has given a Jefferson County medical marijuana licensee the green light to start growing.

Cresco Yeltrah is the first of 12 grower/processor permit recipients deemed fully operational. The company will grow more than 30 genetic strains in its western Pennsylvania facility and will create an array of “pharmaceutical-grade” marijuana products such as vapor oils, transdermal patches and pills, the company said in a news release.

It expects to make the complete line of products available for patients statewide in February.

“In the coming weeks, we expect the 11 other grower/processors to be ready to grow and process medical marijuana,” Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Rachel Levine said. “We are working with them, as well as the dispensaries, to ensure the program stays on track. Patients are our first priority, and we want to get medication to them as safely and efficiently as possible.”