Pennsylvania's first legal marijuana crop gets the green light

medical marijuana grower/processor in western Pennsylvania became the first state licensee Tuesday to receive the go-ahead to begin production.

Cresco Yeltrah in Jefferson County, northeast of Pittsburgh, is one of 12 grower/processors licensed for Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program, the state Department of Health announced.

"Every day we hear from patients who are desperately waiting for medical marijuana to help alleviate the symptoms of their serious medical conditions," Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement. "My message to them today is that Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program is moving forward and we will have medication to them sometime in 2018.

"Cresco Yeltrah will now be able to grow medical marijuana, making sure that patients will not have to wait much longer."

Cresco Yeltrah is cleared to begin accepting seeds and clones to grow medical marijuana after undergoing several state health inspections, according to Tuesday's announcement. It also is fully integrated with...

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