Dec. 27—Editor’s note: A few weeks ago, the Tribune provided readers with what we believe are the most important Crawford County-area stories of the year. We then asked our readers to rank the stories from No. 1 (most important) to No. 12 (least important).
Today, we present story Nos. 12-10. Up next are Nos. 9-8 on Tuesday, followed by 7-6 on Wednesday, 5-4 on Thursday, 3-2 on Friday, and the top story Saturday.
No. 12: Medical marijuana dispensary
Crawford County’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened March 31 in the Park Avenue Plaza in Vernon Township.
First announced in January, RISE Dispensaries opened in what was the former Key Bank office at the shopping center.
The former bank building let RISE offer its first-ever “roll-thru” service for Pennsylvania medical cannabis cardholders to make reservations in advance and pick up via a drive-thru-style window.
RISE Dispensaries are owned by Green Thumb Industries Inc., a leading national cannabis consumer packaged goods company based in Chicago, Illinois.
Established in 2014, Green Thumb Industries has 16 manufacturing facilities, 66 open retail locations and operates in 14 states — California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia.
Green Thumb entered the Pennsylvania market in