A new medical marijuana dispensary is opening across the street from the Yards Brewery, taking the total number of cannabis retailers in the region to 20.

And more are on the way.

Beyond/Hello, part of Florida-based Jushi Holdings, launched its second Philadelphia store at 475 N. Fifth St. The chain, which has an informal alliance with the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, opened its first city location in January at 12th and Sansom Streets. Beyond/Hello also operates a third dispensary in Bristol.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Southeastern Pa.

A year and a half after the first medical marijuana dispensaries opened in the suburbs, 20 cannabis retailers are now operating throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.

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“We couldn’t be more excited to have our latest medical marijuana dispensary open in Northern Liberties, especially since we are so close to Philly staples like Yards Brewing Company and Franklin Hall, the former Electric Factory,” said Beyond/Hello president Blythe Huestis. "Our grand opening was the strongest in both sales and patient count of all of our stores to date.”

The first cannabis dispensaries in the region began sales in the Philadelphia suburbs in February 2018.

The waiting room of the new Beyond/Hello dispensary at 475 N. 5th Street in Northern Liberties. Only registered patients and caregivers are allowed inside the room that holds the product.
The waiting room of the new Beyond/Hello dispensary at 475 N. 5th Street in Northern Liberties. Only registered patients and caregivers are allowed inside the room that holds the product.

Medical marijuana retailing got off to a slow start within the city limits, mostly due to regulations preventing dispensaries from locating within 1,000 feet of schools or day-care centers -- a distance of more than three football fields. Additionally, City Council moved to block new marijuana retailers from opening through broad swathes of the city, including the City Avenue business corridor in the Fourth District.

Future dispensary openings are slated this year for Manayunk at 4026 Main St., the site of a former motorcycle showroom, and a storefront linked with Jefferson University at 809 Locust St. — the former home of the Mazzoni Center.

Sunnyside, until recently known as Cresco Labs, has plans to open a dispensary in Center City once it receives approval from zoning and the Department of Health.

Dispensaries in Pennsylvania are each helmed by a licensed pharmacist and carry an array of medical marijuana products, including whole plant “dry flower,” oils, concentrates, capsules, tinctures, topicals, and other products. Cannabis retailers in the Keystone State are prohibited from selling edibles.