For Raymond Myers of Irwin, the opening of a new medical marijuana dispensary in the borough is a blessing, a place he can walk to get medication for his anxiety, depression and back pain.
“The medical marijuana has really helped me. I use wax and (marijuana) flower. This (Irwin site) saves me $8 for a round-trip bus ride to Greensburg” to that medical marijuana facility, said Myers, 46.
Megan Milliron of Jeannette was waiting in line to get inside the Beyond/Hello Irwin dispensary, which opened along Route 30 on Friday, tucked among gas stations, banks and fast-food restaurants.
She steers clear of traditional anxiety medication “because there are too many side effects,” said Milliron, 32. “This works for me. It helps me to be more productive, helps me to be happy.”
They were among a steady stream of customers coming to the facility owned by Jushi Holdings Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla., through its Bioscience SW-LLC subsidiary. It is the 11th dispensary for Franklin Bioscience in the state and among the 109 total in Pennsylvania, the state health department said.
It faces competition from a dispensary 10 miles away in Greensburg, as well as sites in Latrobe and New Kensington. Several other dispensaries are 25 miles away or more in the Pittsburgh region, which is part of the catchment area that Erich Mauff, president and co-founder of Jushi Holdings, foresees as being served by the Irwin dispensary. The company has a facility in Johnstown and has set its sights on a Pittsburgh-area location, which he did not not disclose.
The Irwin location has about nine full-time and six part-time employees, Mauff said. He said it typically takes about