Neighbors of New Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Hopeful

SCRANTON, Pa. -- The city of Scranton already has one medical marijuana dispensary. New permits issued by the state government mean there will be a total of four within the city limits.

Future neighbors of the new dispensaries say they're getting used to the idea.

An empty storefront on South Washington Avenue in Scranton will soon be home to one of the 23 new medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the state.

Mike Cobb owns the laundromat next door and he's been expecting this announcement for a few weeks. He says he won't be completely convinced until the dispensary opens next year.

"It's a little different if another laundromat was opening up, or dry cleaners, or grocery store next door to you," Cobb said.

Cobb says he doesn't so much care who moves in next door or what they give to patients. He just wants good neighbors.

"I'm concerned, but I'm hopeful."

Sharon Capalongo owns the diner across the street. She sees the expanding options for patients as a good thing.

"I think it's good. I've seen things where people have taken it and they feel better. A man who was shaking all the time with Parkinson's, after he had the medical marijuana, he was fine. I think it's a good thing," said Capalongo.

Two other medical marijuana dispensaries are planned for Scranton -- one in the 1100 block of Moosic Street and another on South Main Avenue near the Taylor borough line.

The state's announcement means the Electric City will have four dispensaries; almost 80 are expected statewide.

"I'm optimistic. I really am," Cobb said. "I think that there's people who really need some kind of help and if it's better than opioids or whatever else, then so be it."

According to the state Department of Health, the new dispensaries have six months to get up and running.

5 comments

  • Daryl Fisher

    This is money in the bank for lazy doctors willing to write scrips for anyone with so much as a broken fingernail. Which, by the way, I have!

    • whopperplopper

      you only get waited on there when the waitresses aren’t too busy BS’ing at the counter or tables with regulars.
      we (wife & I) went on a saturday morning for breakfast & sat for over 10 mins before we got a cup of coffee & waited another 15 mins to place an order.
      when she did finally come to take the order i was pi**ed enough to throw 3 bucks on the table for the coffee & we left.
      i was convinced by a friend to go there again & again the same thing happened.
      we’ll never go there again.

    • straubdavid9

      Patience Grasshopper …… each in it’s time. The States are dropping like flies, and soon even Pennsylvania will have to acquiesce on this subject. The clawing and gnashing of teeth will end and the people will have spoken …. ending one of the practices of harassment of folks that are just going about their lives. Yes, Pa will have to give up it’s cash cow, and the powers that be will have to find something else to do with themselves. It’s sad to see the damage done to citizens by these draconian laws. The fact that marijuana was made a Schedule 1 Narcotic in the first place, should raise the eyebrow of every thinking American …… that right there should have sent up a red flag!! This was always about control … just like Prohibition. I’m surprised that anyone was allowed to plant their own apple trees in their own yard, or grow a Victory Garden!

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