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Medical marijuana dispensaries are ready for business

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - It's been nearly two years since Pennsylvania approved medical marijuana and now the first dispensaries are set to open.

Six dispensaries have been approved and one is in Bethlehem, Northampton County.

Keystone Canna Remedies held a ribbon cutting last month and since then have been getting everything ready to open.

The company has held information workshops and say they have close to 400 appointments set in the next three weeks.

“It’s been a challenge, but I think we will rise to it," said Victor Guadagnino, chief business development officer for Keystone Canna Remedies. "We’ve recruited a good staff.”

There are 17,000 people registered in the medical marijuana program, but so far only 4,000 have been certified by doctors.

The state says the recent approvals are helping get more dispensaries and growers online.

Guadagnino knows it will be busy for a while, calls are coming in from all over the state.

“We’ve had people come from Pittsburgh and we try to advise them and even let them know there is a dispensary closer to them," added Guadagnino. "Some people are very eager and they were willing to take the trip up.”

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