ABINGTON >> TerraVida Holistic Centers held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Montgomery County’s first medical marijuana dispensary April 23.
TerraVida was scheduled to open its location at 1626 Old York Road, Abington, Thursday, April 26.
Township Commissions John Spiegelman, Laurie Schriber and Peggy Myers cut the ribbon.
Co-owners Chris Visco and Adina Birnbaum are life ong Montgomery County residents and are the only woman-owned, WBE-certified medical marijuana dispensary owners in Pennsylvania.
TerraVida’s Abington location is the second TerraVida dispensary. The first location opened in Sellersville in February. The Sellersville location has already dispensed medicine to more than 3000 patients.
“Opening the first medical marijuana dispensary in Montgomery County is very personal for Adina and me,” Visco said. “We have been completely humbled by the amount of seriously ill people there are in Pennsylvania, and we are excited to provide alternate care to so many in the Philadelphia area.”
The Abington location will be the closest location to Philadelphia. For two months, hundreds of Philadelphia residents have traveled more than 90 minutes to visit the Sellersville location for medicine.
“The Pennsylvania medical marijuana program has exceeded everyone’s expectations,” Visco said. “This is the fastest growing program in its infancy in the country. More than 35,000 patients have registered for the program with over 10,000 currently holding cards.”
“We anticipated seeing 60 patients a month for the first few months,” she added. “We served 115 patients in our first day in Sellersville. We anticipate even greater volume in Abington.”