Dispensary Opens
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Tuesday is the grand opening of Beyond/Hello, Johnstown's first of two medical marijuana dispensaries to open. Beyond/Hello is located on Main Street and offers products for all 23 conditions eligible to be treated by medical marijuana. There are eight point of sales in the shop, and the facility also includes a private consultation room. According to Blythe Huestis, the president of Beyond/Hello, there will always be a security guard and a pharmacist on site. She also says patients must be a registered card holder to even enter the business. Beyond/Hello and its competitor down the street, Harvest, are the first two medical marijuana dispensaries in Johnstown approved by the state to operate. They beat out 10 other applicants that were hoping to open a shop in the area. The applicants were graded on a thousand point scale based on their diversity plan, a plan of operations, business history, community impact and their site plan. Beyond/Hello and Harvest scored the highest in the state. "We really just want to make this medicine available to the deserving patients here in Johnstown and Cambria County," Huestis said. "So it's really exciting for us that people no longer have to drive 45 minutes to an hour to get their medicine. They can come here and meet with our really educated staff to pick up their products." As of today, Beyond/Hello will be open seven days a week, 364 days a year.