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Medical marijuana dispensary opens in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - It's a historic day for medical marijuana advocates in our area as the Lehigh Valley's one and only dispensary opened Friday morning.

Bethlehem's Keystone Canna Remedies is one of six medical marijuana dispensaries opening up across the state over the past few days.

"It means safe and effective access for the Lehigh Valley is here and we are very excited," said Victor Guadagnino of Keystone Canna Remedies.

Those with one of 17 approved medical conditions can get a medical marijuana card after registering with the state and seeing a specially trained doctor.

About 4,000 patients have been certified so far and another 17,000 more have started the process to receive a medical marijuana card.

Josh Lazures from York was the first in line at 5 a.m.

"It's going to help me edge my pain and not pay exuberate prices for Marinol because that is more expensive than what they have here," he said.

A month's supply will cost about $400 dollars.

The dispensary expects hundreds of people this weekend. As of now there is only one supplier in the state but the owners here are confident they won't run out of supply.

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