TALLAHASSEE — It was revealed late yesterday, July 20, 2016, that the Florida Department of Health has given Trulieve permission to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Tallahassee and can start delivering cannabis statewide. Trulieve stated yesterday, “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. We will be open in the next few days.” Patients will be able to ingest the medical marijuana through capsules, syringe, or via vaporization.
Florida passed and Governor Rick Scott signed legislation allowing patients access to legal medical marijuana in the State of Florida under very strict circumstances. One must be terminally ill and the version they are permitted to access is a low-euphoric version which has a low-THC ratio.
The first legal medical marijuana dispensary will be the Trulieve facility in the state’s capital at 800 Capitol Circle, SE in Tallahassee. The dispensary has had to endure enormous regulatory hurdles in order to open this coming Tuesday, July 26, 2016, including a 2,000-page application. More evidence the Republican-controlled Florida legislature loves regulating business. “At the end of the day, we are responsible for the plant, what comes out of the ground, and responsible for processing. It is highly regulated, of course, but also a very serious medicine,” Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said.
Florida’s Amendment 2 will expand the medical use of marijuana to beyond just terminally ill patients. Florida voters will vote for or against the amendment on November 8, 2016, in the general election. A similar amendment was on the ballot in 2014 and did not pass because it only received 57.62 percent of the vote when 60.1 percent was needed.