SELINSGROVE — When he was recently working at a Nature’s Medicines medical marijuana dispensary in Bloomsburg, Scott Franciscus met an 85-year-old woman who was picking up a prescription for cream.
“She wanted the pain cream just so she could go throughout her day without being in pain,” Franciscus recounted. “She was able to function in life again.”
Stories like those of the 85-year-old woman are plentiful at medical marijuana dispensaries. Franciscus, who lives in Milton, will serve as general manager of the Nature’s Medicines medical marijuana dispensary that will soon be opening at 1420 N. Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove. The business will be located to the rear of Wendy’s, in the former American Cancer Society office building.
Franciscus said Nature’s Medicines — which also operates dispensaries in State College and Bloomsburg — is leasing the space.
“We dispense medical marijuana,” Franciscus said, while describing the business. “The only person that can be inside (the business) is a certified caregiver or patient.”
While the business will be similar to a pharmacy, Franciscus said there are differences.
“It’s not a place like CVS where you can pick up your wife’s prescription,” he said, while stressing that only patients and certified caregivers can pick up prescriptions.
Franciscus is planning a soft opening of the Selinsgrove business on Sept. 11, with a grand opening to be held later in the month.
Daniel McNulty, regional manager for Nature’s Medicines, said medical marijuana dispensaries must go through an in-depth application process with the state before gaining approval to open.
He said much of the process focuses on how the dispensaries will be secured.
“We are under the Department of Health, just like any