Medical marijuana sales grow to records in Pennsylvania, but pricing remains a concern

PITTSBURGH — Medical marijuana sales in Pennsylvania reached records in both March and then again in April to more than $120 million a month, nearly doubled what it had been a year ago, according to data released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

It’s been five years Monday since medical marijuana became legal in the Keystone State under a tightly controlled program that didn’t officially get under way until 2018. Since then there have been $2.8 billion in total sales, including $1.1 billion from growers and producers to dispensaries and $1.7 billion from the dispensaries to more than 582,000 registered patients and caregivers.

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The increase, from $40 million in January 2020 to just over $120 million in April, came at the same time that the number of licensed dispensaries has grown from 77 to 119 now. The 120th is likely to be given approval imminently after state inspections.

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