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Florida Opens State’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Daily Dose 2016-08-08 0 comments

Florida’s Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Creating Options For Patients Slowly But Surely

Florida Opens States First Medical Marijuana Dispensary. The first shop that can legally sell medical marijuana in Florida, Trulieve, opened at a strip mall in Tallahassee on Tuesday. Trulieve has been licensed to distribute medical marijuana for more than two years now, a process beset by several administrative delays.

“Where’s my stuff?” Nagy, The first customer in the¬†State of Florida,¬†joked as he handed over¬†his¬†$60. Nagy travelled about 200 miles from his hometown in Hudson, near Tampa, to buy cannabis capsules that he hopes will ease his chronic muscle spasms and seizures.

Florida Medical Marijuana Ailments

The National Conference of State Legislators lists 25 states and the District of Columbia that have decriminalized medical marijuana under state law. Florida isn’t one of them but is one of 18 that have limited access laws.

Physicians in Florida can prescribe medical marijuana for symptoms stemming from cancer, epilepsy, chronic seizures and chronic muscle spasms. Florida patients can get a prescription from their doctor, after 90 days of established care has taken place.

Dennis Deckerhoff,¬†whos son suffers from intractable epilepsy, called it a “Field of Dreams” moment. His belief is with more dispensaries opening doctors will be less reluctant to prescribe medical marijuana, and hopefully more doctors will take the necessary steps to get certified with the state.

At this time, finding doctors who can prescribe cannabis in the Sunshine State is difficult. With only 25 physicians in the entire state taking the necessary courses to get certified to prescribe.

Trulieve will have medical marijuana initially available in a concentrated oil, tinctures, gel capsules and vape cartridges

By Florida law, the marijuana must be low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which produces the euphoric state for users, but can high in cannabidiol (CBD) which has been effective in preventing seizures.

The Trulieve store, is down right fancy in terms of dispensaries, with a lounge and consultation area accented by glass cases showcasing the medical cannabis. Transactions are cash-only at this point, but company chief Jason Purnell is hoping to be able to do debit card transactions by next week.

Trulieve expects to have high THC cannabis available next month. Allowing patients with terminal conditions to receive High THC Cannabis in Florida is a new option, The legislature approved the Right to Try bill in March of this year, giving patients more options for pain relief.