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Amy Bufalini is launching a business in Vandergrift that will sell medicinal products derived from the cannabis plant — but she doesn’t need a medical marijuana license.

That’s because the oils and creams sold in the store contain only a minuscule amount of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical in marijuana that causes people to get high.

The store, which is set to open Sunday, comes as Pennsylvania reviews permits for medical marijuana dispensaries after last year becoming one of more than two dozen states to legalize the drug to treat specific ailments.

Bufalini doesn’t need a license because her store, the first Pennsylvania franchise of Colorado-based Nature’s Best CBD, isn’t considered a medical marijuana business.

The company-branded products it sells have a low amount of THC and aren’t classified as a controlled substance or illegal drug.

They are made from cannabidiol, or CBD, which is oil extracted from industrial hemp, a variety of the cannabis plant with a low concentration of the chemical in marijuana. Hemp is grown for industrial use, such as making paper and textiles, and also is used in foods, skin-care products and health supplements.

Bufalini claims the Nature’s Best CBD products can help with conditions including inflammation, anxiety and seizures. Many sell for about $70 per bottle.

They are considered a dietary supplement.

“The big advantage of having a store is people get to come in and actually talk to me to try to figure out which is the best route for them to help alleviate their pain or help with any other conditions,” Bufalini said.

Vandergrift Mayor Lou Purificato said he thinks people may be confused about what kind of products will be sold at the store. However, he said he hasn’t received any feedback from residents.

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