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Florida’s First Dispensary To Start Selling Medical Marijuana Early Next Week

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After two years of legal challenges and administrative delays, Florida’s Department of Health authorizes Trulieve dispensary to start selling low-THC cannabis products. Medical marijuana was first legalized in Florida in 2014 after passing legislature but only now has medical marijuana become available to patients.

However, there are no patients registered yet in the state and only 15 doctors have signed up to order the medical marijuana products. The process for doctors has been difficult as well, legal challenges have prevented them from ordering the products for more than a year now.

The dispensary is expected to open next week after the multitude of delays. Trulieve dispensary issued a statement earlier this week stating:

“We are happy to announce that we have passed all inspections — from growing and processing to dispensing — and are the very first medical cannabis provider in the state to receive these formal authorizations. And we are most excited to get this much anticipated medicine to the patients of Florida,” Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said

“There has been a great responsibility and pressure to get this done as quickly as possible,” She said. “Patients have waited too long. The most important thing is to be able to have it available for patients who have a dire need for it.”

The dispensary will be allowed to sell low-THC oil, tinctures, gel capsules and vape cartridges. These products are high in CBD, the cannabinoid effective in preventing seizures. Health officials estimate that almost 250,000 patients could qualify for the low-THC treatment.

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This November, Florida residents will be able to vote to legalize full-strength marijuana for a multitude of medical ailments including PTSD, HIV, AIDS, and glaucoma. You can read more about the amendment here.

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