(WJAC). — Today is the grand opening of Beyond/Hello, Johnstown’s first of two medical marijuana dispensaries to open.
Beyond/Hello is located on Main Street and offers products for all 23 conditions eligible to be treated by medical marijuana. There are eight point of sales in the shop and the facility also includes a private consultation room.
According to Blythe Huestis, the president of Beyond/Hello, there will always be a security guard and a pharmacist on site. She also says patients must be a registered card holder to even enter the business.
Beyond/Hello and Harvest, LLC were among the 23 shops approved by the state last December in the second round of medical marijuana shops given the green light in Pennsylvania. Both were given six months to open.
A representative for Beyond/Hello said late last month that they were nearing their date for a state-mandated inspection that’s required for them to open at their location in the old Johnstown Cambria County Convention & Visitors Bureau building on Main Street. They said once the inspection is done, they can open in two-to-three weeks.
Illinois on Tuesday became the 11th state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana for recreational use after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill that permits residents to purchase and possess up to one ounce of cannabis at a time and non-residents up to 15 grams.
The move, which fulfills one of Pritzker’s campaign promises, also implements the nation’s first comprehensive statewide cannabis marketplace designed by legislators. It also means that nearly 800,000 people with criminal records for purchasing or possessing 30 grams of marijuana or less may have those records expunged.