Medical marijuana shop opening next week in downtown Lancaster

Front doors of Vytal Options store.
Vytal Options medical marijuana dispensary opens Oct. 1 at 39 E. Chestnut St., Lancaster. This is the entrance on Sept. 24, 2020.

A medical marijuana dispensary plans to open Thursday in downtown Lancaster, becoming the third in Lancaster County serving patients with a Pennsylvania medical marijuana ID card.

Vytal Options, 39 E. Chestnut St., expects to serve 100 patients a day, providing a full range of cannabis medical products, said Thomas Trite, CEO of Harrisburg-based PA Options for Wellness, the dispensary’s owner. It will employ a staff of 10.

The dispensary will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Vytal Options patients may volunteer to participate in surveys in collaboration with Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey as part of the research wing of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program.

Vytal Options and Penn State have a 10-year agreement to investigate the benefits and risks of using marijuana extracts to treat a variety of health issues, including pain management, cancer, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and reduction in opioid use.

PA Options for Wellness opened its first dispensary this summer in Harrisburg. It plans to open four others around the state, Trite said.

Inside of Vytal options store

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Medical marijuana, legalized in Pennsylvania in 2016, became available to patients with approved medical conditions in February 2018.