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COVER ILLUSTRATION: MORG CUNNINGHAM
MEDI C A L MA RI JU A N A
thehealingcenterusa.com PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER APRIL 14-21, 2021
A Guide to Relief An comprehensive list of Pittsburgh-area medical marijuana dispensaries BY JORDAN SNOWDEN // INFO@PGHCITYPAPER.COM
Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program continues to expand. What started as just a handful of dispensaries in 2018, the Pittsburgh region, and the entire state, is continuously adding on more dispensaries and providing long-overdue relief to patients with a wide variety of cannabis products and medications. Pittsburgh City Paper reached out to Pittsburgharea medical marijuana dispensaries to get more information directly from the sources to help patients determine which one might be the best fit for their needs. If you are one of the people who qualify for medical marijuana, and have acquired a certified Pennsylvania medical marijuana card, here’s a guide to help you navigate the growing list of dispensary locations now providing patients relief in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Delta 9 PA
9337 Lincoln Highway, Irwin. beyond-hello.com
211 52nd St., Lawrenceville and 305 E. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg. delta9pa.com
HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
HOURS (ALL LOCATIONS): Mon. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tue.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. New patients are not accepted 30 minutes before closing.
COVID PRECAUTIONS: Only allows a limited number of customers inside. Encourages customers to order online to avoid time spent in-store. ACCESSIBLE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Westmoreland Transit bus routes: 1F, 4, 6, and 6C PARKING: Ample parking available. CASH OR CREDIT: Cash only, ATM on site.
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PRECAUTIONS FOR CUSTOMERS WITH HIGH-RISK CONDITIONS: Curbside pickup is available for immuno-compromised, elderly, and high-risk patients. ACCESSIBLE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Lawrenceville location, Port Authority of Allegheny County buses: 87, 91, and 93
LOYALTY PROGRAM: Hello Club program means every dollar spent equals one point.
PARKING: Free parking lot on-premises.
HOW OFTEN DOES THE MENU UPDATE? Randomly due to shipments received at random. Changes occur daily as products become in and out of stock. “Check often.”
HOW OFTEN DOES THE MENU UPDATE? Reservation menu updates in real-time, and the in-store menu updates throughout the day.
FUN FACT: They have an on-site pharmacist and are LQBTQ+ friendly.
Delta 9 PA in Lawrenceville
CASH OR CREDIT: Accepts cash and debit. ATM on site.
FUN FACT: Delta9 is woman-owned and operated. They also offer monthly virtual certification events and will be starting a Best Buds discount where current Delta 9 patients can bring a loved one who has never been to a Delta 9 PA dispensary, and both will receive 10% off their purchase. CONTINUES ON PG. 6
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The Healing Center
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The Healing Center in Cranberry
Ethos Pittsburgh West
Harvest of Cranberry Township
HOURS (ALL LOCATIONS): Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
470 Home Drive, Robinson. ethoscannabis.com
20269 Route 19, Cranberry. harvesthoc.com
SPECIAL HOURS FOR CUSTOMERS WITH HIGH-RISK CONDITIONS: Thu. 9-10 a.m.
HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
COVID PRECAUTIONS: Patients can shop online ahead of time for quick and easy pickup.
ACCESSIBLE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Not easily.
ACCESSIBLE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? No.
PARKING: Free parking lot on site.
PARKING: Free parking lot on site.
LOYALTY PROGRAM: Patients can earn 5% cashback on any purchase in store or online. For every dollar spent, they earn one point. Points can be redeemed for cash, products or merchandise. Points never expire.
CASH OR CREDIT: Cash or “zero-touch payment” available through CanPay app. ATM on site. LOYALTY PROGRAM: No, but special discounts are available often. HOW OFTEN DOES THE MENU UPDATE? Online orders are available 24 hours before purchase. FUN FACT: Self-service kiosks are available inside. One of eight Clinical Registrant licensees in Pennsylvania that’s conducting ongoing research related to medical cannabis.
130 Mall Circle Drive, Monroeville; 799 West Chestnut St., Washington; and, 270 Executive Drive, Cranberry. thehealingcenterusa.com
HOW OFTEN DOES THE MENU UPDATE: Live menus are available online.
ACCESSIBLE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Monroeville location, Port Authority of Allegheny County buses: 67 and P67 PARKING: Free on-site parking at every location with security escorts available. CASH OR CREDIT: Cash and debit card swipes with PIN. ATMs inside. LOYALTY PROGRAM: Offers “Healidays” frequently with events for all patients to take advantage of special savings. HOW OFTEN DOES THE MENU UPDATE? Live menus available of products with one of the largest selections in the state. FUN FACT: No appointment is ever needed at The Healing Center. CONTINUES ON PG. 8
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RISE 3838 William Penn Highway, Monroeville; 20808 Route 19, Cranberry; and, 117 Beatty County Road, Latrobe. risecannabis.com HOURS: Monroeville: Mon.-Wed. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Thu.-Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cranberry and Latrobe: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. SPECIAL HOURS FOR CUSTOMERS WITH HIGH-RISK CONDITIONS (ALL LOCATIONS): Online reservation system available to ensure their medication will be ready at their selected pick-up time. CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
ACCESSIBLE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Latrobe location, Westmoreland Transit buses: 2F, 9, 9B, 9C, and 11; Monroeville location, Port Authority of Allegheny County bus: 67 PARKING: Free parking at all locations.
2320 Sheffield Road, Aliquippa. libertydispensarypa.com
5845 Centre Ave., East Liberty. maitrimedicinals.com
HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
COVID PRECAUTIONS: Curbside pickup is available (cash only). ACCESSIBLE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Not easily. PARKING: Free parking lot on site. LOYALTY PROGRAM: House Choice Rewards program. Also, 20% off for Veterans, 10% off for Senior Citizens (60+), 10% off for “Medicaid/Medicare (SSI/SSDI),” and 10% off for Industry Employees.
SPECIAL HOURS FOR CUSTOMERS WITH HIGH-RISK CONDITIONS: Offers curbside pickup, but must call and be approved by a manager/pharmacist. 412-404-7464, option 3, ask for Curbside approval. ACCESSIBLE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Port Authority of Allegheny County buses: 71B, 75, 77, 82, and 86 PARKING: Free parking is available at the patient parking garage at 5869 Centre Ave., two buildings down from the dispensary.
HOW OFTEN DOES THE MENU UPDATE? Customizable menu available online.
CASH OR CREDIT: Cash and debit payments through the CanPay app.
FUN FACT: Liberty is 100% vertically integrated. This means they grow, process, and dispense their own medical marijuana products.
LOYALTY PROGRAM: Weekly specials, as well as veterans/first responders discount: 10% off everything. Birthday discounts: 20% off the most expensive item in order, once during your birth month. HOW OFTEN DOES THE MENU UPDATE: Menu is updated in live time.
CASH OR CREDIT: Cash with on-site ATM; debit cards can also be accepted. LOYALTY PROGRAM: A RISE loyalty program and discounts of 10% off for veterans, seniors, and people that participate in state government assistance programs like CHIP, WIC, SNAP, etc., and first responders. HOW OFTEN DOES THE MENU UPDATE: Menus operate in real time and are updated throughout the day. FUN FACT: Health care professionals on site at all times, and all products on the PA MMJ market are third-party tested. CONTINUES ON PG. 10
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Solevo Wellness 5600 Forward Ave., Squirrel Hill; 22095 Perry Highway, Zelienople; and, 200 Adios Drive, Suite 20, Washington. solevowellness.com HOURS (ALL LOCATIONS): Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. COVID PRECAUTIONS: Dividers installed at reception and checkout. Dispensaries are regularly disinfected. ACCESSIBLE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Squirrel Hill location, Port Authority of Allegheny County buses: 65, 61C, 61D, 64, and 93 PARKING: Free off-street parking with accessible facility entry and handicapped parking available. CASH OR CREDIT: Cash, checks, and debit cards with a PIN (Debit card transactions have a $3.25 processing fee). LOYALTY PROGRAM: Earn one point for every eligible dollar spent. Points can be redeemed for discounts on select batteries and medical products. When 5,000 points are earned, patients can receive an additional $10 off their purchase. Also, discounts available for new patients and veterans, as well as birthday discounts, and all pediatric-related purchases of medical products qualify for a 10% discount. HOW OFTEN DOES THE MENU UPDATE? Update daily and available online. FUN FACT: For those exploring medical marijuana, Solevo’s relationships with licensed physicians can assist with the medical marijuana card certification process. A weekly newsletter is available.
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Solevo Wellness in Squirrel Hill
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Sunnyside in the Strip District
201 Pillow St., Butler; 4 Kensington Square, New Kensington; and, 2116 Penn Ave., Strip District. sunnyside.shop HOURS (ALL LOCATIONS): Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. currently. Starting April 19, Sun.-Thu. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. COVID PRECAUTIONS (ALL LOCATIONS): Curbside pickup offered if requested. Disinfectant cleanings happening daily. ACCESSIBLE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? Butler location, Butler Transit buses: 1, 5, 2, and 4; New Kensington location, Port Authority of Allegheny County bus: 1, and Westmoreland Transit buses: 12, 12B, 14C, 14J, and 15; Strip District location, Port Authority of Allegheny County buses: 2, 54, 86, 87, 88, and 91 PARKING: Free parking at all locations. CASH OR CREDIT: Cash and debit cards only. HOW OFTEN DOES THE MENU UPDATE: Daily with deliveries, all available online. FUN FACT: Offers free consultations with their wellness advisors. Offers a new patient discount of 20% along with daily deals. •
PurePenn Making Impact in Mon Valley Community purepenn.com s a rapidly growing force in the Pennsylvania medical marijuana industry, PurePenn is committed to improving the lives of PA patients by providing the highest quality medical marijuana products. However, it’s not the only commitment they have made to the region. PurePenn also has a deep commitment to giving back to the City of McKeesport and Mon Valley through its philanthropy and economic development initiatives. Located on the site of the former National Tube Works Steel Mill, and with founders born and raised in the area, PurePenn set out to achieve the ambitious goal of becoming the largest employer in the City of McKeesport. Initially PurePenn constructed a ground-up 20,000 square foot facility on the vacant former mill site. PurePenn then added nearly double the space in 2019, and in 2021 it added an additional 90,000 sq. ft. of space to its facility, placing a once vacant parcel of land back on the City and County’s tax rolls. As expansion continues, the number of employees has also grown. PurePenn currently has 100 employees, many of whom reside in the McKeesport and Mon Valley areas, with plans to continue adding employment opportunities in cultivation, processing, packaging, and shipping. In addition to its economic development initiatives, PurePenn has been a beacon of philanthropic efforts in the community. As
the founder and primary funding source for the McKeesport Community Fund, PurePenn has dedicated a substantial amount of time and resources to charity work and community improvement. Since starting the fund, PurePenn has provided over $155,000 in grants to local 501(c)(3) organizations through the McKeesport
Community Fund. These grants have been used to touch every part of life in the McKeesport community, everything from education and job training; at-risk and special needs youth; projects to improve infrastructure, removing blight, affordable housing; legal
services; local entrepreneurship and economic development; STEM education; drug treatment and sober living; and, healthcare assistance in the City of McKeesport during the pandemic. On top of all of this, PurePenn has collaborated on products to beneﬁt the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. All of these initiatives come together to form the foundation of PurePenn’s vision of improving the lives of Pennsylvanians through a comprehensive commitment to revitalization, job creation, and community and economic development. “We continue to strive to achieve our mission of providing family sustaining jobs and economic development in the City of McKeesport and Mon Valley, while also producing the highest quality medical marijuana products for the patients of Pennsylvania. What drives PurePenn and its employees is the knowledge that we are having a meaningful effect on Pennsylvanians and our region.” PurePenn’s goals will continue to grow and expand throughout 2021. As they look to continue growing the operations and the team, the community involvement will grow as well. PurePenn will remain based in McKeesport, and continue to be a presence in revitalizing the area and making sure everyone in the community has the chance at the best life possible through PurePenn’s products and impact.
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TROLL TIME Meet the Pittsburgh online troll trying to improve Pa.’s marijuana laws, one post at a time BY RYAN DETO RYANDETO@PGHCITYPAPER.COM
O TROLL OR NOT TO TROLL? That’s
the question many people have to answer in the social media age. For some, trolling can relieve frustrations in an outlet they can’t ﬁnd anywhere else. For others, trolls ruin any ﬂeeting feeling of fun that social media has to offer. For one Pittsburgh-based social media user, trolling has a higher purpose, a very high one: fixing Pennsylvania’s marijuana laws. Pittsburgh City Paper spoke to the person behind two troll-y, marijuanathemed social media accounts about the successes and failures of their advocacy through trolling. City Paper veriﬁed the person’s identity, but is withholding the user’s name to maintain their anonymity online. The accounts they manage are @pittsburghatory on Twitter and @mconstant412 on Instagram. They have been an advocate for marijuana for most of their life. They worked at a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy ﬁrm for some time and have experience in traditional advocacy efforts like rallies and pressuring legislators through campaigns. They also sent emails to dispensary companies and the state health department, but rarely heard back. “Going to rallies, holding signs, and calling legislators, it only does so much,” says the user. “I am not gonna sell myself as this perfect advocate, but I was looking for something different.” They believe traditional advocacy is necessary, but sometimes can be a bit diluted. They say advocating for recreational weed is a noble goal, but to help medical marijuana patients in the immediate, trying to legalize the ability for patients to grow marijuana plants is more pressing. It’s illegal for individual Pennsylvanians, even medical marijuana patients, to grow cannabis plants, and doing so can result in a felony. So they started to reply to some large social media accounts who have power and inﬂuence over marijuana policy and advocacy, namely Pennsylvania Lt.
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Gov. John Fetterman (D-Braddock), Pa. Second Lady Gisele Fetterman, and Scott Paterno, a former Republican Congressional candidate turned lobbyist, who is also the son of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. The @pittsburghatory Twitter account often replies to John Fetterman’s account when he mentions weed, speciﬁcally asking John to call for legalizing growing plants for medical patients. They realize Fetterman doesn’t have unilateral power to make this ﬁx, but the replies started to see more engagement anyway.
Follow the Pittsburgh-area cannabis troll at @pittsburghatory on Twitter and mconstant412 on Instagram. To the user, the trolling was actually helping to spread this speciﬁc message and educate people about potential changes to Pennsylvania’s law. They say they have made similar efforts on Instagram using hashtags, and have seen more engagement on that platform. One time, they replied to a post Gisele made and “put them on blast.” They say Gisele ended up private messaging the user about not being happy over the harsh criticism, which the user agreed Follow news editor Ryan Deto on Twitter @RyanDeto
was over the top, but then they both ended up having a conversation about the state’s growing laws. Trolling resulted in direct communication with Gisele, which is farther than the user has gotten in reaching out to dispensaries and health department ofﬁcials. The user also says that Paterno once put out a PDF statement about his lobbying efforts with a marijuana group. But this also means abrasive tweets at legislators. On April 7, when state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Fulton) tweeted out an op-ed he penned about socalled vaccine-passports and wrote, “Medical freedom must be preserved,” @pittsburghatory replied, “LOL are you serious? Medical cannabis patients have NO freedom. You are a hypocrite and a seditionist. [Clown face emoji].” The user’s goal is to bring more attention to the state’s reluctance to allow patients to grow their own cannabis, which is opposed by some dispensary groups, as well as what they call other ﬂaws in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law. And maybe they will build some momentum, one troll-y post at a time. “The shepherding is a real thing,” they say of how to direct online marijuana advocacy. “Stop yelling at Fetterman and Wolf for not legalizing recreational weed,” they add. “Be a troll with nuance.”
HOW TO GET YOUR PENNSYLVANIA MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD BY RYAN DETO // RYANDETO@PGHCITYPAPER.COM
1. Create an online patient profile Adult patients (18+) must ﬁrst ﬁll out a form with accurate and up-to-date personal information, including name, address, and date of birth, at the Pennsylvania Department of Health website (padohmmp.custhelp.com). Tip: Make sure addresses are inputted exactly how they appear on a patient’s driver’s license or state-issued ID. Do not include punctuation marks; do abbreviate words like “street” or “road”; and when directions are included in an address, patients are advised to input only the ﬁrst initial. For example, “100 E MAIN ST” is the correct way to type 100 East Main Street. A similar form must be ﬁlled out by caregivers for medical marijuana patients who are minors, have a disability, or require in-home support.
2. Get a doctor to sign off Patients with one of the approved medical conditions, as deﬁned by state law, can qualify for a medical marijuana card, but ﬁrst must have a physician certify that they have at least one of the 23 qualifying conditions. (A full list of approved conditions can be found at pa.gov/guides/pennsylvania-medicalmarijuana-program.) According to the state health department, there are now over 160 practices in Allegheny County that can certify medical marijuana card applications. An up-to-date list of physicians is available on the Pennsylvania government website (health.pa.gov). Note: If your primary doctor has treated you for one of the approved conditions but is not certiﬁed, you can download your medical records and take them to an approved practice. The price of certiﬁcation varies by provider. Some companies — such as Compassionate
Certification Centers (compassionate certiﬁcationcenters.com), HerbalCare RX (herbalcarerx.com), and Releaf Specialists (releafspecialists.com) — will take medical records and charge between $125-200 for a new patient certiﬁcation. During the pandemic, doctors and companies can authorize a card over the phone or over a virtual visit.
3. Turn in application and pay fee Once certiﬁed by an authorized physician, patients must return to the state’s health department website (from step No. 1). Patients then ﬁll out the rest of the necessary information, including the approved physician details and certification information (from step No. 2). A $50 application fee must be submitted to complete the process. Some patients who receive government assistance are eligible for discounts. A card will arrive by mail within two weeks.
4. Visit a dispensary Once you receive your medical marijuana card, you will need to take it to one of the licensed dispensaries to make a purchase. There are more than 15 located across the Pittsburgh region. First-time patients will need a consultation before placing an order, but once registered, dispensaries offer online ordering for easier pickup.
5. Don’t forget to renew next year Medical marijuana cards are good for one year in Pennsylvania, and you are required to get an updated certiﬁcate in order to continue with the program. When it’s time to renew, log back into your account on the Department of Health’s website (padohmmp.custhelp. com), pay the $50 renewal fee, then contact the doctor or certiﬁcation company to recertify you for another year.
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ANY NEW LAWS and policies
have made marijuana more accessible — like Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis law passed in 2016 — and less punitive, such as the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana enacted by several cities, including Pittsburgh. These smaller marijuana victories have been championed by advocates, but despite efforts leading to legalization of marijuana in neighboring states near Pennsylvania, including both New York and Virginia just last week, weed for recreational use is still illegal in the Keystone State. Patrick Nightingale, director of cannabis advocacy group Pittsburgh NORML and a criminal defense attorney, wants to remind marijuana users, both medical and recreational, of these hard facts. He still has many clients in the Pittsburgh area facing marijuanarelated charges. “People can get a little bit of information and interpret it as much broader than it actually is,” says Nightingale. “I want to convey to people to just continue to be cautious. We have won certain rights, however, law enforcement doesn’t understand all of those rights.” For example, even though Pittsburgh
decriminalized small amounts of marijuana in 2015, there have still been hundreds of marijuana-possession arrests each year since that passage. Nightingale says this is because ofﬁcers can still follow the state code, which says any marijuana possession is illegal, and not all Pittsburgh ofﬁcers have come around to the cultural change to hand out citations over small amounts of marijuana instead of charging people with misdemeanors. With this in mind, here are the Pennsylvania criminal statutes related to marijuana that often jam people up, according to Nightingale.
Possession Pennsylvanians can be charged with misdemeanors for large or small amounts of marijuana possession under 35 Pa. Consolidated Statutes Annotated section 780-113 subsections (a)(16) and (a)(31). Subsection (a)(31) is the state’s small amount possession law, which means a person possessing or distributing, but not selling, 30 grams of marijuana or 8 grams of hashish can be charged. A conviction under this small amount possession law can lead to up to 30 days in prison or a ﬁne of up to $500, in the strictest interpretation of the law. Outside of licensed medical
dispensaries, selling marijuana, even small amounts, is a felony. Pittsburgh police can, and many do, issue citations for small amount possession, instead of misdemeanors. But Nightingale says that not all ofﬁcers use the citations, and some still charge people for misdemeanors under subsection (a)(31). And even though small amount possession charges are almost always lowered down to summary charges in Allegheny County courts, Nightingale says this still means people are ﬁngerprinted and have records for charges in the state’s court system. Additionally, Nightingale says it’s usually only small amount possessions reduced to summaries. Pennsylvanians can still be charged under subsection (a)(16) for possession greater than a small amount. He says ofﬁcers are likely to charge people under this statute if they believe people to have more than 30 grams of cannabis or more than 8 grams of hashish. This charge can lead to up to one year in prison or a ﬁne up to $5,000. “Act like it is still illegal,” Nightingale says. “It sucks to say that, but when it comes to potential law enforcement encounters, it’s best to act like it’s still illegal.”
Paraphernalia Nightingale says that the state’s drug paraphernalia law is very broadly deﬁned, which can lead to more charges than people realize. He says that even things like plastic sandwich bags can be identiﬁed as paraphernalia if there is evidence that they are used to pack or contain marijuana. Anything that is used “for the purpose of planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packing, repacking, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance” is a violation of the statute. Nightingale says this is rarely practiced by law enforcement in Allegheny County for things as unserious as baggies, but surrounding counties will use this charge. However, he adds that most law enforcement still don’t understand what is legal paraphernalia and what is illegal, since medical marijuana patients can purchase legal paraphernalia. According to a post on Nightingale’s legal website, at least one local District Attorney’s ofﬁce has taken the position
that a patient may only lawfully possess devices and instruments purchased from a licensed dispensary. And that some local marijuana patients have been charged under the state’s paraphernalia statute. Violating subsection (a)(32) can result in a ﬁne of up to $2,500 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.
Medical patients and growing Medical card holders in Pennsylvania have significant access to medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries, but there are still laws and some loopholes that can lead to charges. For example, medical marijuana patients can be charged with DUIs even if they just have trace amounts of THC in their systems. Lawmakers are trying to ﬁx this law, since THC can remain in patients’ systems weeks after use, but that ﬁx hasn’t yet been taken up by the state Senate. For this reason, Nightingale advises medical marijuana patients to not tell police ofﬁcers they are licensed card holders if they are pulled over, and are not asked by ofﬁcers. He says some well-meaning patients have actually told police ofﬁcers they are patients, out of transparency’s sake, which has led to DUIs. “I know a lot of patients that have walked into DUIs,” says Nightingale, who adds that patients should only tell ofﬁcers they are medical card holders if asked. Lastly, and most seriously, is subsection (a)(30), which is felony manufacturing, distribution, possession with intent. Nightingale reminds Pennsylvanians that growing even just one single marijuana plant is illegal in the commonwealth, and can be charged as a felony, even for medical marijuana patients. Advocates have been trying to change this for medical patients, but amending Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis law has been difficult. Nightingale says Allegheny County courts aren’t as likely to charge felonies for people growing just one plant, but surrounding counties aren’t as lenient. Growing is not the only thing included in subsection (a)(30). People who aren’t authorized by the state (aka licensed medical dispensaries and growers) violate that law when they “manufacture, delivery, or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver, a controlled substance.” Violating subsection (a)(30) in relations to marijuana can result in imprisonment not exceeding 15 years, a ﬁne up to $250,000, or both.
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misconceptions about the medical marijuana industry BY DANI JANAE // DANIJANAE@PGHCITYPAPER.COM
EING A BLACK PERSON at the helm
of a marijuana-based business is important to Jimil Wilson. It’s “critical to the health of the industry,” as he describes it. He explains data shows that, while Black and white people consume cannabis at just about the same rate, Black communities are policed at a higher rate and are disproportionately represented in marijuana-related arrests. People with marijuana convictions, under Pennsylvania state regulations, can’t work in the industry. Wilson is the Chief Financial Ofﬁcer of Maitri Medicinals, one of four medical marijuana dispensaries that qualiﬁed patients can shop from in the city of Pittsburgh, with a location in East Liberty and one in Uniontown,
in Fayette County. “One of the things that we really are looking to do is we’ve had many or several candidates come through that we wanted to hire that were diverse, that we couldn’t because they had a record around cannabis or drugs,” Wilson says. “So one of the things that we’re looking to do is to really work with these candidates who’ve come to us, but with others as well, to really help them navigate the justice system to get their records expunged.” These efforts are only a part of Maitri’s vision, but getting records expunged is a big help for people in the communities they serve. As an executive at Maitri, Wilson believes that a diverse staff, whether that’s
in regard to race, gender, or thought, is a big move toward serving their communities better. Maitri touts itself as a collection of “third generation Southwestern Pennsylvania residents who are deeply invested in the region’s well-being and development.” Maitri has a ﬁrm focus on wellness, and provides their patients with a wide variety of products. Wilson was in banking before he left in 2015 and began to pursue a career in cannabis. He met Maitri founders Corinne Ogrodnik and Joe Vesely later in 2016 at one of their investment pitches. At the time, Wilson had been working as a consultant for small businesses looking to grow and providing them with ﬁnancial resources. Wilson says Ogrodnik
“LIFE IS CHALLENGING AND PEOPLE CONSUME CANNABIS TO HELP THEM GET THROUGH THE CHALLENGES THEY FACE IN LIFE.” and Vesely had been working on their pitch long before the commonwealth legalized the use of medical marijuana in 2016, and before it became available for purchase through dispensaries in 2018. The founders asked Wilson to join as part of their application process, and when they got their permit, he was asked to stay on full-time. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, the executives say generating wealth in the community is an important part of Maitri’s vision. Of their 100 investors, about 99% are based in Western Pa. Wilson says their Uniontown location was next to a coffee shop that ended up extending its hours to keep up with increased customer demand because patients who frequented Maitri would often visit before or after their appointments. There was also a summer basketball league in the city, and Maitri was able to sponsor the adult team. Being integrated into the communities they serve is a part of their business model. With hundreds of patients being served daily, Wilson says Maitri is seeing the fruits of its labor. “We try to be really responsible corporate citizens,” Wilson says. Maitri’s efforts to be “responsible corporate citizens” also extends toward their East Liberty location. “A great thing that we do here in Pittsburgh is we work with Bidwell Training Center, and we’ve been able to hire a number of their horticulture graduates to work at our grower facility, which is a half hour outside of Downtown,” Wilson says. In addition to helping the community, he also stresses the dispensary’s responsibilities for its patients, which includes dispelling some myths and misconceptions some people might still have about the marijuana industry. “I think one of the biggest misconceptions is, or has been, that most of our patients that we see, I’d say probably 80% have been consuming cannabis
through the legacy market to help them treat or alleviate symptoms of health conditions they’ve had for long periods or maybe even the majority of their life,” Wilson says. In the marijuana business, the “legacy market” refers to the prelegalization ways that people used to get marijuana. Wilson mentions one patient who was consuming a large amount of their products. “We had some questions as to whether it’s possible for her to be consuming that much cannabis just herself,” he says. It turned out that the patient had a severe case of endometriosis, a painful disorder where the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus begins to grow on the outside.
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Wilson explains that the idea of people only just now using marijuana to treat physical or emotional disorders isn’t true, adding that cannabis has been used as a treatment for pain for a long time. “Life is challenging and people consume cannabis to help them get through the challenges they face in life,” he says. “As a company, we want to be there for them at the dispensary level, providing them with great selection and service to help them through their journey.” He also negates the idea that it’s too easy to get a medical marijuana card, saying the idea that people are taking advantage of the process is a myth that comes from old attitudes perpetuated by the war on drugs. Maitri’s pharmacists have been working hard in the community to reverse some of this harmful thinking, he says, by showing that cannabis has a long list of beneﬁts.
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“Football” Glass Pipe Etsy artist GlassArtPa has labeled their black-and-gold glass creation as a “Football” pipe, but considering it’s spring, they’d have been more apt to have called it a “Baseball” pipe, as Pirates fans will be more in need of anxiety medication than any other sports fans in the coming months. etsy.com/shop/GlassArtPa
“The Food has Weed in It” Oven Mitt You don’t have to smoke pot to enjoy it. This oven mitt is perfect for your favorite cannabis chef. Kards Unlimited. 5522 Walnut St., Shadyside. kardsunlimited.com
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“Jurassic Spark” Grinder This limited-edition, 4-piece wooden grinder, including a pollen catcher, features artwork by Pittsburgh Instagram artist @singlespirit.art. Curated Flame, 505 Grant Ave., Millvale. curatedﬂamepgh.com
ENNSYLVANIANS CAN STILL technically get jammed up for owning paraphernalia related to marijuana use, but it’s not always heavily enforced, especially in Allegheny County. (Read more about enforcement in our story “Marijuana Misdemeanors.”) And Pennsylvania medical marijuana users are technically not allowed to smoke the dry leaf they order, either; legally, it’s available for vaporization only. With that in mind, use the following gift guide recommendations at your own discretion. But also remember that purchasing CBD ﬂower is legal and can also be smoked, and glass pipes make pretty artwork too. ;)
I Might Be High mug High on life? High on caffeine? Or is this 16 oz. mug, perhaps, the perfect gift to give to a friend who just got their medical marijuana card? The Andy Warhol Museum Shop. stores.carnegiemuseums.org
Rachel Waterpipe This super cute pink porcelain bud vase is living a double life as both a vessel of beautiful paper rosebuds and the dantiest bong we’ve ever seen. Hippie & French. 5122 Butler St., Lawrenceville. hippieandfrench.com
Home is Where tthe Weed is Keychain Home is where the weed should be, whether you’re a recreational or medical user. And if you have a medical marijuana card, don’t forget to keep your product sealed in the original packaging when transporting. Carry this rad retro keychain as a reminder! Wildcard, 4209 Butler St., Lawrenceville. wildcardpgh.com
Don’t have your medical marijuana card yet, and don’t want to try the illegal stuff? Here are two local spots where you can legally order THC-free dry flower: Sour G CBG Flower “The Champagne of Cannabis,” a sativa-dominant hybrid, Pa.-grown hemp ﬂower. Comes in a .25 oz. bag. pennschoice.com
CBD Hemp Flower This CBD hemp strain is meant to provide a “chill factor.” Comes in a 3.5 gram jar. Total Peace and Wellness. 4213 Butler St., Lawrenceville. totalpeaceandwellnesscbd.com
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Created from a conversation with Markita Wilburn, your friendly pharmacy manager at Maitri Medicinals
BY ABBIE ADAMS // ABBIEADAMS@PGHCITYPAPER.COM This will help your medical marijuana pharmacist figure out exactly what is bothering you and start formulating a treatment plan.
OK, first up ... what symptoms are you experiencing? chronic pain
There are 23 qualifying conditions in the state of PA, but each of those has various symptoms like: muscle spasms
inflammation appetite loss
What form of consumption sounds good to you? Vaporization This can include things like: dry flower cartridges disposable pens concentrates
Infused edibles This could be: tinctures capsules RSO (Rick Simpson Oil) distillates
Topical This can include: lotions creams salves
It can actually be beneficial for some people to use multiple forms of marijuana, so you might try a few.
What cannabinoid is going to work best for you? THC • Produces a psychoactive effect — a high or sense of euphoria • You might feel it in your head more. • It can be good for things like pain, muscle spasms, insomnia, low appetite, nausea, and anxiety.
compounds found in cannabis
Here are where ratios come into play. There are products with both THC and CBD. Once you understand how each cannabinoid affects your symptoms, you can start to adjust the ratios as needed.
CBD • Does not produce a psychoactive effect • You might feel relaxed in your mind and body. • It can be good for things like seizures, inflammation, pain, IBS, stress, migraines, anxiety, or depression.
How quickly and for how long do you need relief? You might have both a daytime and nighttime regimen to provide different kinds of relief at different times throughout the day.
Something longer lasting
Actually, I have localized pain
Try vaporization The effects can be felt quickly — generally, it lasts for a shorter amount of time so you can use it intermittently throughout the day or with different forms of medical marijuana.
Try infused edibles The effects can last longer, and because you know exactly how much you are taking, you can feel more in control while medicating.
Try topicals Topicals provide quick and long-lasting localized relief — Because they are absorbed through the skin but don’t enter into your bloodstream, they generally have little to no psychoactive effects. Everyone is different, and everyone’s treatment plan is different. Have a conversation with your local medical marijuana pharmacist to create a plan specific to you!
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f you drive down Gibson Road in October, you might think you’ve been transported to Humboldt County, but no, the Gibson family hemp farm is about as local as it gets. Nestled in the rolling hills of Northern Butler County, their 200-acre farm is ﬁlled with the purples and greens of their various CBD and CBG hemp strains of all terpene proﬁles and phenotypes. It’s the home of their aptly named hemp farm and brand, PENN’S CHOICE, and it’s a pretty magical place, especially if you’re a cannaisseur. Neither the name, the location, nor the crop are accidents. Many people might be surprised to learn that Pennsylvania has a long tradition of hemp cultivation dating all the way back to when the state was ﬁrst founded. In fact, hemp was even recognized as valid currency in the Commonwealth’s early years. PENN’S CHOICE, the family-owned company, seeks to not just continue but to build on that tradition. “We’re putting PA on the map for premium quality hemp. People tend to think of California or Colorado, but hemp doesn’t actually grow naturally in those states. Pennsylvania, on the other hand, has the perfect climate and the history to prove it,” said Steve Gibson, Co-Owner and CEO of PENN’S CHOICE. Joe Gibson, fellow Co-Owner and CGO, or Chief Growing Ofﬁcer added, “Our farm has been in our family for generations, and so we’ve been tilling this land for two hundred plus years. We know it like the back of our hand, and we knew that with our passion for cannabis and our experience, that we could leave the land better than we found it as well as grow something really special for our neighbors and the Pittsburgh community.” For PENN’S CHOICE, cultivation is just one piece of the puzzle. In a time when it seems like everyone is starting a CBD brand, from Martha Stewart to that old buddy from high school, PENN’S CHOICE could’ve stuck to farming and sold their product off to another company to white label. Instead, they chose to be fully seed-to-sale, which means they grow, process, produce, and sell all their own products, and they do so locally. Both their farm and their headquarters, which houses production and shipping, are located in North-
ern Butler County, just a stone’s throw from Pittsburgh. “There’s not always a lot of transparency in the CBD industry. People don’t always know where it’s actually grown or how its processed, and so for us, it was incredibly important to do it all ourselves from start to ﬁnish and to do it right here in Western PA,” Steve Gibson said. Rebecca Zaccard, Co-owner and COO added, “It’s a heck of a lot of work, but it’s absolutely worth it. Especially when we get a call from someone who just tried one of our products, and they tell us that they ﬁnally slept through the night or that they have real relief from pain…it reminds us that we’re doing exactly what we’re supposed to be doing.” Speaking of their products, PENN’S CHOICE offers a range of hemp products that seek to calm your mind, relax your body, and ease your pain. They specialize in craft CBD and CBG Flower, of which they currently offer 5 different strains from the 2020 grow season, ranging in terpene proﬁles and effects. They also offer each of their strains as their signature SELFIES, a tin of three mini pre-rolls, which are a crowd favorite. Lastly, they offer full spectrum CBD products that they make by hand in small batches, including CBD Bath Bombs, CBD Salves, and CBD Oils. You can purchase their entire product line at www.pennschoice.com, as well as at several local retailers and farmers markets. For a full list of locations, check here. Once there, you can also sign up for their email list to receive exclusive discounts and updates on new releases, new retail locations, and events. There’s even talk of farm tours in the upcoming season, and so if you’re an email subscriber, you’ll have ﬁrst access. Maybe by this coming October, you won’t have to imagine the rolling Western Pennsylvanian hills ﬁlled with hemp, instead you’ll be frolicking in them yourself. To follow along on their journey and to get all that farm content, follow PENN’S CHOICE on Instagram and Facebook. PENN’S CHOICE brings you a little education and a lot of levity as they take you behind the scenes on the farm, in the ofﬁce, and around the community.
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Earrings by Chronic Chain
Find weed-themed art, clothing, jewelry, and more from these Pittsburgh artists BY AMANDA WALTZ // AWALTZ@PGHCITYPAPER.COM
ECREATIONAL MARIJUANA ISN’T LEGAL yet
in Pennsylvania, but there’s no law against freely making and buying weed-themed art and apparel. Pittsburgh City Paper found some local artists who integrate marijuana imagery and themes in their work, as well as a smoke shop setting its brand apart with custom-designed merchandise. Check out this list for items to wear, use, or hang in your home, from fun jewelry to BIC lighters with ﬂair.
Leaf earrings by Chronic Chain Local jeweler and artist Maggie Cirillo of Chronic Chain makes a line of earrings — many of which integrate her signature chainmail — featuring lightweight resin weed leaves in a variety of bright colors and styles. Customers can choose from single-leaf weed danglers or three-leaf drop earrings. Complement them with one of Cirillo’s heart-shaped ashtrays that pop with suspended rainbow sprinkles, dried ﬂowers, glitter, and other materials. chronicchain.bigcartel.com
Lighters and trays by DeMussi Designs Those who like their smoking accessories with a generous hit of pop culture should check out DeMussi Designs. Proprietor Chelsey DeMussi has a line of custom BIC lighters wrapped in collages of bud-drenched backgrounds with characters from popular animated series, comics, movies, and more. Many of DeMussi’s items are one-of-a-kind, including rolling trays, so make sure to follow along on Instagram for updates on the latest designs. etsy.com/shop/DeMussiDesigns and instagram.com/ demussidesigns
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Bob’s Burgers rolling tray by DeMussi Designs
Stickers by Jerome “Chu” Charles Famed local grafﬁti artist Jerome “Chu” Charles has a few items that combine his tag with cartoony, weed-inspired imagery. Spice up your laptop with stickers of TamagotChu, a play on the 1990s digital pocket pet sensation that shows a tiny character with its own tiny bong. jeromec.squarespace.com/store
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Nun sweatshirt at Curated Flame, design by Maria Coughanour
Branded merch at Curated Flame Curated Flame owner Anthony “Mo” Rabinovitz set out to open a shop selling everything a smoker could possibly need, ranging from artful pipes to fun snacks, as well as CBD and Kratom. That effort also extends to making and selling creative, custom branded merchandise featuring special designs. Since its opening in July 2020, Curated Flame has sold limited-edition sweatshirts and hats featuring a smoking nun — created in partnership with Maria Coughanour of Ethereal Studio — and stickers by Kira Hovanec — most notable for the @celebfoodiesonthebreadcarpet Instagram account where she posts punny drawings combining celebrities and food. An irreverent Bong Dxck Energy/Statue of David sticker, conceived with Curated Flame’s in-house artist Single Spirit, reimagines Michelangelo’s famous sculpture holding a joint, with his private parts replaced by a bong. Rabinovitz has also worked with tattoo artist L. Hammel, aka Math Goth,multimedia artist Darrien Burke, and others. “I am constantly on the pursuit for artists who I can work with to make weed-themed art,” says Rabinovitz. 505 Grant Ave., Millvale. curatedﬂamepgh.com
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“Tri-Terpentops” woodcut by Mad Rabbit Lab
Woodcuts by Mad Rabbit Lab Christian “Rabbit” Miller of Mad Rabbit Lab is an illustrator, painter, muralist, and printmaker. He also uses his talents to turn out painted woodcuts for people looking for playful weed art. His Dinostoner series has depicted dinosaurs taking bong hits or enjoying a joint, with humorous titles like “Tri-Terpentops,” “Dabosaurus,” or “Rolling Raptor.” The holidays look a lot more chill with the Halloweenthemed “Frankenbong,” or buds standing in for Christmas trees with colorful festive lights and stars. Rabbit says he takes commissions for anyone interested in owning their very own Dinostoner or holiday piece. instagram.com/mad_rabbit_lab
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• Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
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• Damage to the nervous tissue of the central nervous system (brainspinal cord) with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, and other associated neuropathies • Dyskinetic and Spastic Movement Disorder
• Neuropathies • Opioid abuse disorder • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) • Sickle Cell Anemia • Terminal Illness • Tourette Syndrome
• Epilepsy • Glaucoma • HIV/AIDs
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CBD-infused peanut butter for dogs
We can’t let cats have all the fun. These local stores offer CBD products for hyperactive pups in need of some chillout time.
ZEN DOG PUMPKIN DOG TREATS These organic, gluten- and grain-free biscuits contain a list of ingredients, including pumpkin, molasses, oats, and 4 milligrams of CBD with the goal of helping dogs with “pain, anxiety, epilepsy, inflammation, and immune function.” Available at Total Peace and Wellness, 4213 Butler St., Lawrenceville. totalpeaceandwellnesscbd.com CP PHOTO: KIMBERLY ROONEY냖㵸蔻
Toaster trying to open the SunMed Cat Snacks container after eating four of them.
BROAD SPECTRUM HEMP OIL “We tried an expensive prescription separation anxiety medication, but the results were just fair. We switched to LabNaturals CBD, and it has made a world of difference!” This dog owner’s testimonial is referring to products like LabNaturals’ CBD pet tinctures — available in 50 and 250 milligrams, depending on the animals’ weight — meant to calm anxiety. Available at Murray Avenue Apothecary, 4227 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. labnaturalscbd.com
CBD-INFUSED PEANUT BUTTER FOR DOGS This peanut butter was developed by a veterinarian and contains three ingredients, including dry roasted peanuts and 10 milligrams of CBD per tablespoon. There are 16 ounces per container. Add it to your dog’s food, or serve as a treat. Available at Pittsburgh House of Oils, 559 Beaver St., Sewickley. pittsburghouseofoils
CBD PET SPRAY This 1 ounce container of Nature’s Best CBD Pet Spray has a pump cap, which makes it easier to apply to your dog while outdoors in “high-stress situations like street fairs or dog parks,” according to the description. Available at Simply CBD Pittsburgh. simplycbdpittsburgh.com •
Some Pittsburgh-made CBD products to enjoy with your cat BY KIMBERLY ROONEY냖㵸蔻 // KIMROONEY@PGHCITYPAPER.COM
Y CAT TOASTER is a little more than 10 months old. A grey tabby with white on his belly, chest, and all four paws, he’s the largest of his litter, weighing in at about 13 pounds depending on the day. He is spoiled, loves screaming at me, and enjoys playing with plastic forks and spoons. Naturally, he was eager to try several CBD products made speciﬁcally for cats, but I wasn’t going to let him have all the fun. Neither of us have tried CBD before, so together, we tried ﬁve products, two pet products and three for humans, from local shops Hippie & French and the Bellevue location of Your CBD Store.
Smokin’ Salmon tincture, Hippie & French This pet CBD tincture has an easy-touse design. It comes with a 1 milliliter dropper, with each milliliter containing
10 milligrams of CBD. Markings down the side of the dropper make it relatively easy to determine the dosage. The entire 300 milligram bottle contains 30 servings of 10 mg each, although I decided to start Toaster off slow with .25 mL, or 2.5 mg of CBD. Toaster unfortunately was not fond of the taste. I ﬁrst tried administering the tincture directly into his mouth, only for him to spit it back up. I also coated several salmon-ﬂavored treats with the tincture to see if he would be more willing to ingest it that way. He sniffed but did not taste, leaving me unable to fully observe anything other than Toaster’s picky palate.
SunMed Hemp Broad Spectrum Vegan Gummy Bears, Your CBD Store Clear labeling was a relief for these fruit-flavored, sugar-coated gummies.
The ﬂavor was sweet, slightly sour, and just different enough from regular gummies that you would notice. When purchasing the gummies, there are options for dosage (5 mg or 10 mg) as well as the number of gummies per package. Per a friend’s suggestion, I only had one, which, according to the packaging, contained 5 mg of CBD. While I did not feel a strong effect, I noticed a slight decrease in neck pain and stiffness, along with a slight mellowness and calm throughout the evening.
Moksha 50% Criollo Milk Chocolate, Hippie & French The next product was also for humans, and while it was labeled milk chocolate, it had a slight bitterness that made it taste closer to dark chocolate. The entire chocolate contains 20 mg of CBD, but it’s made to be broken into fourths.
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I started with a fourth, and after an hour, decided to eat the rest since I wasn’t feeling anything. After another hour, I became slightly more aware of my arms. Thoughts such as “wow, those are my arms” ﬂoated through my head unbidden, but otherwise, I felt slight alleviation from my chronic neck pain.
SunMed Cat Snacks, Your CBD Store Toaster was a huge fan of the SunMed cat snacks. The label says there are 5 mg per treat and recommends 10 treats for a 10-12 pound cat, but, concerned about giving Toaster too much, I gave him four treats to start. He scarfed them down, and 20 minutes later, he was perched by the windowsill, ears twitching and nose constantly snifﬁng. Catnip makes Toaster more playful and energetic, and the CBD cat treats made him roam around the apartment, but it wasn’t to play with a new toy. Instead, he was on the prowl for a new lounging spot. His eyes seemed wider than usual for the duration of the effects, making him look like he was realizing things all afternoon. He screamed much less than the average afternoon, was
more accepting of cuddles, and simply hung out in close proximity to me more than usual as I worked.
Seventh Hill: Unwind Vegan Caramel, Hippie & French A day after trying the chocolate with only slight effects, I ate half of the caramel, containing 20 mg of CBD and 10 mg of Delta-9 THC, according to the label. After about half an hour of not feeling an effect, I ate the other half. Then it hit … and it was six hours later. More than the other products, the caramel had some unclear labeling. When I double-checked the label, I discovered that the inside of the caramel label listed its nutritional values at two servings per caramel. The dosage information, however, was outside of the nutritional facts box, leaving it slightly ambiguous just how much was in the caramel. Like the other Hippie & French products, there was a QR code on the label linking to a third-party lab report, but as a CBD newbie, I wasn’t quite sure what each number meant. Still, had I not been in the middle of the workday, and wanted to feel out of sync with myself, this caramel would have achieved its purpose.
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Obtaining A Medical Marijuana Card with Herbal Care Rx erbal Care Rx can provide low cost certifications over the phone for those who want to get their medical marijuana cards, as well as low cost recertifications, also over the phone. Our fees are the lowest in the state. Certification for a new patient card is $125 (with an additional discount for Veterans/SSI/Disability to $75 for a new card) and recertifications are $75. All of this is performed over the phone, with compassionate, friendly support from the scheduling team, and a kind doctor, Dr Rebecca Maury, who is easy to talk to and makes this important process easy.
How to Obtain a Medical Marijuana Card in Pennsylvania There are a couple of keys to obtaining a medical marijuana card in Pennsylvania. The steps are as follows: 1. Visit the Patients and Caregivers Registry and create a patient proﬁle in the Department of Health’s patient and caregiver registry (we can assist with this step if needed) 2. Obtain a physician’s certiﬁcation by speaking on the phone with Dr Maury at Herbal Care Rx 3. Return to the Patient and Caregivers Registry and pay the $50 fee for your medical marijuana ID card. 4. Await the arrival of the card in the mail, usually about 2 weeks.
5. Once you have the card in hand, you can visit any dispensary in the state of Pennsylvania. 6. Card renewal is required by the Department of Health every 12 months.
How Can Herbal Care Rx Help Herbal Care Rx believes that cannabis is medicine, and their mission is to help as many people have access to this medicine as possible. Founded in 2018, Herbal Care Rx has been one of the leaders in affordable and compassionate certiﬁcations since the beginning of our state cannabis program. Cost should not prohibit people from gaining access to this medicine, so Herbal Care Rx always maintains the lowest possible cost for their patients. For new patients, this is $125, while it is $75 for new certiﬁcations for veterans, or those on SSI/Disability. It is also only $75 for all renewals. In a continued effort to be at the forefront of customer care, Herbal Care Rx also is able to schedule all consultation appointments over the phone, so you can start the process towards certiﬁcation right from home. Dr. Rebecca Maury has been a practicing physician for close to 20 years, and has an extensive knowledge of cannabis and the therapeutic potential that it has. Go to herbalcarerx.com, or reach us at (215) 554-4044, and get started on getting the relief you’re looking for.
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HIGH TUNES AND CHILL TRACKS Soulshowmike’s Album Picks BY MIKE CANTON CPCONTRIBUTORS@PGHCITYPAPER.COM
N ADDITION TO covering the usual emergent album of note in this month’s installment, I’m joining in on the fun for this week’s Pittsburgh City Paper Marijuana Issue. Editor Lisa asked nicely, and what came to mind right away was something Neil Young said in his memoir. His songwriting suffered terribly after abstaining from marijuana — a shame, indeed, for one of his generation’s proliﬁc composers. It’s a good time to reﬂect on his heyday, and it makes sense for The Soul Show’s host to do this in the context of R&B.
Get out your buds, launch your favorite music service, and check these out these Young covers: “Southern Man” by Merry Clayton. She’s best known for the haunting vocals on the Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.” An extended and live “Down By The River” by Buddy Miles of Hendrix and Band of Gypsys.
“Ohio/Machine Gun,” either from the Isley Brothers’ Givin’ It Back (1971) or their Live release of the following year. The medley is mostly Young’s Kent State opus, with hints of “Machine Gun” by Band of Gypsys. With only a little bit of space left for this month, I’ll quickly rave about the debut album Irene by Melbourne
trio Izy (eye-zee). It’s a total chill listen, sparsely arranged and with beautiful vocals. The opening track, “Moon,” has a halting beat reminiscent of country people Hiatus Kaiyote, but then Izy goes its own way. Highly recommended, and already on my ballot for Top Ten 2021 consideration. Listen at izymusic.bandcamp.com/ album/irene.
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SHLEY BIANCA CORTS is best known for Black Forge Coffee, her metal-themed coffee shops located in Allentown and McKees Rocks, but now she is expanding her expertise to weed. In January 2021, her business went mobile when she kicked off a nationwide Save Our Stages tour, focused on raising money for music venues struggling due to the pandemic. While on the road, she found another calling: reviewing different kinds of marijuana products and dispensaries as The Traveling Bud. Back in Pittsburgh, Corts put that expertise into her business, releasing a Black Forge “Wake & Bake” box a few weeks ahead of 420. Each box contains cannabis-themed products including a custom coffee, tea, and various handcrafted, locally made marijuana paraphernalia. The shop is also selling a limited-edition Wake & Bake T-shirt,
featuring a colorful stoner illustration by Pittsburgh artist Peter J. Larkin III, with “Sip It & Rip It” written on the back. Since starting The Traveling Bud website in March, she has reviewed 10 stops in cities where recreational marijuana is legal. Right now, reviews are available on her Instagram and TikTok account under @ladylightbearer, and she plans on releasing a Traveling Bud website in June 2021. Corts spoke with Pittsburgh City Paper about going from coffee to chronic.
with people. … Marijuana smoking is rather communal. I have met my bestest of friends over a toke, and I wanted to continue that community virtually with others who may be searching for the perfect dispensary and product while they are on the road or visiting a new city. I started writing down my dispensary stops and bought myself a legit marijuana review book so I could keep track of all the things I tried. … My goal overall with The Traveling Bud is to inspire others to get out there and live their best lives.
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had the honor of getting serviced by was at a wonderful dispensary called The Lighthouse in Coachella, Calif. Often I ﬁnd that the general vibe is to be rushed through some of these dispensaries across the U.S. This place took their time and made sure I understood everything I was buying and answered all of my questions, even with COVID restrictions. The place was large and full of so many goodies to pick from with an inviting atmosphere. I felt really happy and excited to be there, like when I was a kid in the toy store. CP: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCTS? CORTS: The ﬁrst thing I ask for from the Bud Tender is, what is the best pre-roll option and deal. ... When I am not pufﬁng on a pre-roll, I am enjoying my P u f f c o P lu s P o r t a b l e O i l Va p e CONTINUES ON PG. 32
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and the Puffco Peak Smart Rig. I recently started exploring the world of concentrates. These items are what’s up when you wanna get ripped with your favorite concentrate. My favorite product is by Harmony Extracts THCa Crystals ISO. It is a concentrate additive. I like the extra zing it adds to the ritual of smoking. CP: WHAT ARE YOUR PREFERENCES WHEN IT COMES TO MARIJUANA? ARE YOU MORE DRAWN TO INDICA, SATIVA, OR HYBRIDS? DO YOU PREFER TO SMOKE OR TAKE EDIBLES? CORTS: I like it all, honestly. I am not one to turn down any marijuana. All in all, if I had to pick, I would say I’m an Indica ﬂower girl at heart. Indicas help me fully get in my relax zone and allow me to use my mind to be more creative. All of my best ideas are #highdeas. CP: BASED ON YOUR JOURNEY SO FAR, DO YOU THINK MARIJUANA TOURISM IS A VIABLE INDUSTRY? HOW COULD PENNSYLVANIA, AND PITTSBURGH SPECIFICALLY, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT IF AND WHEN IT LEGALIZES MARIJUANA FOR RECREATIONAL USE? CORTS: It is a viable industry. People will spend their money no problem on marijuana — I see this everywhere I have been. The idea of having access to a more natural drug to help the community instead of medicating people with addictive pills alone is a good reason to be legal. It provides more jobs to the community as well. For instance, Colorado used some of their tax money
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to provide a day center for the homeless and also funded scholarships for underprivileged students. Imagine if they used all the tax money to help the homeless, ﬁx our streets, and better our school systems? CP: WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU COULD GIVE SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO DO SOMETHING SIMILAR TO THE TRAVELING BUD OR, AT THE VERY LEAST, EXPLORE OPTIONS IN CITIES WHERE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IS LEGAL? CORTS: First things ﬁrst, always ask a local. Locals will know where the small business shops are. Often you’ll ﬁnd statewide commercial chains, don’t get me wrong, I’ve stopped at those, too. I try to support locals ﬁrst if I can. I ﬁnd when I travel, I am often googling places to eat food on the road. Finding bud shops online is quite easy these days, as easy as ﬁnding a restaurant. There is a wonderful app online called Leaﬂy. This app will provide dispensaries nearby based on my location or you can search a city ahead of time. It’s a well-organized app that can provide you with information on the products and deals the shops have. Always remember to tip your Bud Tender.
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THU., APRIL 15 LIT • VIRTUAL Nobel Prize and Booker Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro is joining Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures’ New & Noted series to discuss his latest book Klara and the Sun, in conversation with Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles and Circe. Ishiguro’s eighth novel is a dystopian science fiction story about an Artificial Friend who longs for a customer to choose her. Like other works by Ishiguro, Klara and the Sun investigates a fundamental question: this time, what it means to love. 7 p.m. Available online for one week. $36. Includes a hardcover copy of Klara and the Sun shipped to your home. pittsburghlectures.org
FRI., APRIL 16 MUSIC • VIRTUAL The Pittsburgh Opera presents a free livestream performance of Yardbird, a story about jazz icon Charlie “Yardbird”
Parker’s life, music, and relationships. Directed by acclaimed theater veteran Tomé Cousin, the opera revisits the saxophonist’s past through the ghost of Parker on a journey to complete his final masterpiece by “calming his demons” before his body is discovered. Available on both the Opera’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. 7:30 p.m. Free. pittsburghopera.org
WORKSHOP • VIRTUAL Get the tools to create the sexiest most artful selfies during Naughty Nudes & Thirsty Traps: A Selfie Science Workshop. Hosted by Kelly Strayhorn Theater, the event invites anyone to come and learn how to style, filter, and shoot the most enticing photos with artists Lena Chen, Maggie Oates, and Goofy Toof. Chen and Oates are currently part of KST’s Freshworks creative residency working on OnlyBans, a game exploring the policing of sex workers and marginalized bodies on the Internet. The workshop will take place over Zoom. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Pay what makes you happy. kelly-strayhorn.org/events
SAT., APRIL 17 ART • IRL Grab some rad art and a beer at Roadkill Gallery and Evolve Coaching’s SEE US art pop-up at Hop Farm Brewery, featuring over 20 neurodivergent artists in honor of World Autism Month. Spearheaded by local autistic artist A.drift Arguello, the exhibit gives the opportunity for neurodivergent artists to be showcased, supported, and promoted as they often struggle to feel seen and heard. COVID precautions will be in place, artwork will be available for sale, and there will be a live demo from Society for Contemporary Craft artist, The Kreepy Doll Factory. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 5601 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Free. roadkillgallery.org/seeus
ART • IRL Zynka Gallery’s newest exhibit explores the theme of hard work in sculptor Ed Parrish Jr. and painter Jack Taylor’s Labour of Love, featuring artwork that “honors the tools, products/by products, and kitsch created by working hands.” COVID precautions
will be in place, and opportunities to meet the artists will be available during opening weekend. Timed appointments 12-7 p.m. Opening weekend continues 12-5 p.m. Sun., April 18. Exhibit continues through May 30. 904 Main St., Sharpsburg. Free. zynkagallery.com
SUN., APRIL 18 COMEDY • IRL Downtown Pittsburgh invites audiences to laugh again with the return of Arcade at the Oasis, an outdoor event showcasing comedy with social distancing and other COVID precautions in place. Arcade Comedy Theater kicks off its opening night of what promises to be a summer of live, in-person shows with comedians Suzanne Lawrence and Samantha Bentley, along with an improv set by duo Daddy New Year (Sara Kantner and Kyle Longsdorf). Buy a pair of tickets, or opt for one of the theater’s new “Starlake-style lawn seats” that will be “pay what you wish.” 7 p.m. 133 Seventh St., Downtown. $15. arcadecomedytheater.com/outside CONTINUES ON PG. 36
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MUSEUM • IRL People of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorder and those with sensory processing differences may not experience traditional museum exhibits the same as others. With that in mind, the Heinz History Center is focusing on inclusivity with its first ever Sensory Friendly Days. In partnership with Autism Connection of Pennsylvania, the museum has identified and implemented modifications to support a more sensory-friendly experience, allowing all to enjoy the exhibits showcasing Western Pennsylvania’s wonderful history. Timed reservations. Continues Mon., April 19. Free for individuals with ASD or sensory processing differences, plus one guest. heinzhistorycenter.org
MON., APRIL 19 FILM • VIRTUAL When Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner was elected in 2017, it was a progressive triumph. Almost immediately after, however, Krasner started to receive criticism from police and conservative politicians. This year, Krasner’s in a tough race for re-election. Learn more about his story with the virtual showing of the documentary Philly D.A., part of August Wilson African American Cultural Center’s Black Bottom Film Festival, where viewers can learn more about Krasner’s effort to lower Philadelphia’s record high incarceration rate. 7 p.m. Free. aacc-awc.org
TUE., APRIL 20 MUSIC • VIRTUAL The Quiet Loud, a Pittsburgh-based music collective, is celebrating 420 with a free, live “immersive musical journey.” The event features bandmates Brandon and Johnny spinning vinyl from their personal collections in a DJ Set in Cyberspace, with genres ranging from ska to gothic. There will also be a rare vinyl giveaway that includes records from Machine Gun Kelly, Fleet Foxes, and more. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. thequietloudofficial.com
WED., APRIL 21 TALK • VIRTUAL The Pittsburgh Humanities Festival @ Home continues its virtual festival of engaging livestream interviews focusing on “Smart talk about stuff that matters” with Cookie Activism: Using Sugar as a Platform for Social Justice with Jasmine Cho. The local Asian-American artist, baker, and founder of Yummyholic has gained national attention for her unique combination of cookie art and social justice, icing portraits of Asian-American figures onto cookies as a way to increase representation and raise awareness of history and identity. Cho will be interviewed by Pittsburgh multidisciplinary artist and illustrator Sara Tang live on the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Facebook and YouTube pages. 7 p.m. Free. facebook.com/culturaltrust
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level of play 25. Burning leftover 26. Turn bad 27. Chocolate bean 28. Bad for farming 30. Alternative facts peddlers 31. Pavement boxes? 32. Agent 33. Ritz Cracker alternative 34. Smelling of mothballs 35. Army detachment 36. Park and 1. Said aloud neutral, e.g. 2. ___ Galerie (New 37. Toxic pollutant, York City home for for short Gustav Klimt’s Portrait 41. TV scientist in of Adele Bloch-Bauer I) a bow tie 3. Basic idea 42. Corny joke 4. Spartacus 43. One whose actor Peter specialty is coats 5. Completely ridiculous 6. Stocking flaw 7. Actress Lily-Rose ___ 8. Close-knit group 9. The good cholesterol 10. Prior, palindromically 11. Packs away some bow ties? 12. “That’s enough of that” 13. Really tiny 15. Goes on dates with 18. “I’m gonna pass” 23. Highest
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