A substantial crowd congregated around the storefront of Herbology, 815 Cumberland Street, Lebanon, this morning as the medical marijuana dispensary—the first in Lebanon County—opened its doors.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held with speakers including State Senator Mike Folmer (R-Senate District 48), one of the key players in getting medical marijuana legalized in Pennsylvania.

Other speakers included State Representative Russ Diamond (R-102), Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Karen Groh, Downtown Lebanon BID Manager Amy Kopecky, and Visit Lebanon Valley President Jen Kuzo.

Herbology representative Brandon Smith accepted certificates from the office of State Representative Frank Ryan (R-101) as well as from Lebanon County Commissioners Bob Phillips and Bill Ames.

While a dispensary opening within the county is a huge step forward for medical marijuana in Lebanon County, State Sen. Folmer insisted that it’s just the start.

“We are not done yet,” said Folmer. “The reason we got this done as quickly as we did is because we educated, educated, educated with the facts.”

“This is the safest medication we could be allowing people to have but we’ve got to continue that education process.”

Before the opening of this dispensary, patients prescribed medical marijuana faced significant commutes out of Lebanon County to obtain their prescriptions.

Commissioner Phillips mentioned that this medicinal support for locals is a major step forward, but also touted the increased traffic the dispensary could bring Downtown Lebanon.

“This is going to be a big boost to the foot traffic in Downtown Lebanon. We’re always looking to enhance and support the retail and the other businesses that are here,” said Phillips.

Herbology is now open for business to those with medical marijuana cards. The dispensary is open from 10am-7pm Monday through Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sundays.

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