Berks patients await local medical marijuana dispensary – Reading Eagle

Harvest Inc. is building a dispensary in Muhlenberg Township.

Muhlenberg Township, PA —

Ted Chase took a hit from a medical marijuana vape pen, inhaling the drug into his lungs before exhaling a plume of vapor.

His marijuana products cost about $200 a month, but the return has been worth it, he said.

“I’d pay double that to get what I’ve got now,” Chase said from his home office in Reading last week. “I just feel better. I feel more alive. People say it’s only weed, but it does what it’s supposed to do.”

Chase, 65, lives with cancer, spinal stenosis and a degenerative joint disease that causes aches all over. For him, getting medical marijuana has meant a trip to a dispensary in Allentown. Other Berks County patients are making similar voyages to dispensaries in Lancaster and Phoenixville.

“Right now, all of us have to travel an hour away or close to it,” said Luke Shultz, a medical marijuana patient from Bernville.

Since February, medical marijuana has been available in various dispensaries throughout the state, but not in Berks County. But that could all change soon.

This month, Arizona-based Harvest Inc. will have its final inspection for a planned dispensary at 3225 North Fifth Street Highway, a former FedEx Kinkos store in Muhlenberg Township.

No formal opening date has been announced, but the facility would open shortly after receiving that final approval from the state, Harvest officials said.

Patients in Berks have been waiting years for medical marijuana to become available. Chase hopes the wait in Berks is coming to an end.

“It’s something that’s going to benefit a lot of people,” Chase said.

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