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Bethlehem dispensary's first day creates some 'historic' vibes

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Patients can now legally get medical marijuana here in the Lehigh Valley.

The area's first dispensary opened Friday. Doors opened around 11 a.m. at the Keystone Canna Remedies in Bethlehem, and a line was already formed.

"This is a historic day for me and anybody else that has been persecuted in the state for marijuana," said York's Josh Lazarus.

Lazarus showed up at 5 a.m. to be the first in line for Bethlehem's Keystone Canna Remedies.

"Helps manage my pain and give me freedom from having to pay exuberant prices for Marinol, because Marinol is more expensive than what they have here," he said.

The dispensary is one of six across the state opening up over the next few days.

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"How have you been able to deal with it prior to this?" 69 News Reporter Bo Koltnow asked him.

"I smoked it, illegally from the street," he said.

That can now change as those with one of 17 approved medical conditions can get a medical marijuana card after registering with the state.

About 4,000 have done so, and another 17,000 have started the process. 

However, as of now there is only one state-certified grower.

This weekend alone Keystone expects hundreds of patients.

"Been in communication with the grower and other dispensaries trying to gauge volume at the state level.  I think we'll be OK for now," said Victor Guadagnino of Keystone Canna Remedies.

As for Lazarus he wasn't taking any chances as he says he'll now save hundreds in pain management by buying medical marijuana.

"Elated," he said while walking out of the door.

The average monthly cost is 400 bucks. The center is taking walk-ins but you must have your medical marijuana card.

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