Florida Finally Opens Its Doors To Medical Marijuana With This Milestone Event

It's a historic moment for the Sunshine State: the first medical cannabis shop to receive authorization from Florida's Department of Health is set to open its doors next week.

“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 told WCTV.

According to A1MMJ, Tallahassee's Trulieve is one of the first six organizations in the state authorized to cultivate cannabis, and will be handling cannabis sales for Hackney Nursery in Gadsden County. In order to buy, patients will first need to have a doctor-authorized recommendation.

Trulieve will start out with low-THC products, intended to treat disorders like epilepsy, available for delivery immediately. The intention is to phase in higher THC marijuana, which until state law is intended for use by the terminally ill, starting next month.

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In the past few months, the stream of alarming news about the dangers of vaporizer cartridges has put some cannabis consumers on high alert. Since March, more than 2,000 people have gotten sick, and 40 people have died from illnesses related to vaping (VAPI, or vaping associated pulmonary injury). It is believed that the large majority of those who had become ill had used THC oil carts bought from illicit markets.

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