Smoke lifting on cost of medical marijuana products in Pa. – The Philadelphia Tribune
Patrick Nightingale was thrilled with the product, but not necessarily the price.
He paid $70 at the Cresco Yeltrah dispensary in Butler when it opened Thursday for a half gram of Lime Skunk medical marijuana liquid resin product to be consumed through a vaping device. A wax concentrate of a gram of Bio Jesus was $75.
“The prices I paid yesterday would be prohibitive for a patient on a fixed income,” he told the Tribune-Review on Friday. “I’m hoping once the market starts to regulate and other cultivators and dispensaries come on line, we’ll see prices start to come down.”
About 40 miles away, at Solevo Wellness dispensary in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, the same amount of Lime Skunk was $10 cheaper and Bio Jesus on a menu for $60.
Both dispensaries are supplied by Cresco Yeltrah, currently the only operating marijuana grower and processor in Pennsylvania. Its cultivation facility is in Brookville and it owns three dispensaries, including the Butler location.
Eventually 11 more growers and processors will open as part of the state’s medical marijuana program.
Nightingale, an attorney and medical marijuana advocate, said he’d get a better price on the black market.
“From my perspective, I’m ecstatic that Cresco Yeltrah was able to meet operational deadlines and bring products to the market,” he said. “They’re the only game in town right now because they were the only ones ready for it. The product itself is very high quality.”
Prices ranged from $40 to $80 for products at both dispensaries analyzed by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and none was above $100.
Sara Gullickson, a national medical marijuana consultant who works locally for Solevo, said she believes prices will drop when more players join the market. By Sunday, six dispensaries will be open in the state and more than 50