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Another Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Open On South Atherton

Another new State College-area medical marijuana dispensary is slated to open in 2022.

Curaleaf will soon open a dispensary in the former Citizens Bank building at 1248 S. Atherton Street in State College.

Interior work at the building has been ongoing. A sign was recently installed outside the building, and the Massachusetts-based company’s website lists the dispensary as “coming soon.” A Curaleaf spokesperson has not yet responded to a request for comment about the shop’s opening date or other plans for the dispensary.

Curaleaf currently serves more than 350,000 registered patients through more than 100 dispensaries in 23 states. The company’s closest dispensaries to Centre County are in Altoona and DuBois. It is also planning new locations in Erie, Greensburg, and Wayne.

It is the second new dispensary in the works on South Atherton Street and will be the Centre Region’s third since Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program was enacted five years ago.

About a mile away, PharmaCann Inc. plans to open a Verilife dispensary in the former Home D Pizzeria building at 1820 S. Atherton Street, as previously reported by

A PharmaCann representative said earlier this year that the targeted opening date for the College Township Verilife location was November. A spokesperson did not yet respond to a question about the updated opening timeframe.

Brandon Nemec, government and regulatory affairs associate for PharmaCann, said in July that after renovations were completed the Chicago-based company would then go through state regulatory approvals and inspection.

“Verilife simply saw a tremendous opportunity to revitalize this location within the local State College business community and provide an additional access point for medical patients in the greater central Pennsylvania region,” Nemec said at the time.

Verilife currently has seven dispensaries in Pennsylvania, including one in Williamsport.

Nature’s Medicine, 2105 N. Atherton Street, is Centre County’s first medical marijuana dispensary and has been in operation since 2018.

More than 633,000 patients and caregivers were registered for Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program as of August, according to Spotlight PA. Patients must register for the program, receive certification from an approved physician that they suffer from a qualifying medical condition, and pay $50 for a medical marijuana ID card.

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