The Guadagnino family opened Pennsylvania’s first medical marijuana dispensary, Keystone Canna Remedies, one year ago on Stefko Boulevard in Bethlehem.
The statewide program has grown more quickly than expected — nearly 90,000 patients have ID cards allowing access to cannabis medications. So it came as no surprise when, last week, KCR announced the location of a second dispensary on Hamilton Boulevard in the Dorneyville section of South Whitehall Township. It’s set to open in May, and the Guadagninos say they’re going to try to open a third location this year, too.
The Morning Call sat down with Victor Guadagnino Jr., director of business development, and Joan Guadagnino, director of operations, to discuss the evolution and future of the state medical marijuana program. Here are some excerpts from the conversation.
One year on, how has the reality of operating a dispensary measured up to your expectations?