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Florida Matters: Navigating the Medical Marijuana Industry

Florida Matters: Navigating the Medical Marijuana Industry

More and more Floridians every week are signing up for access to medical marijuana, and with over 100,000 patients already on the registry, there is clearly money to be made. This week on Florida Matters we talk with people who work in the business about the obstacles and opportunities in the burgeoning medical marijuana industry.

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Florida’s Young Medical Marijuana Industry Takes Off

Florida’s Young Medical Marijuana Industry Takes Off

“Before medical marijuana was legal, I was getting it illegally,” she said. “Now I can come here, and it takes less time than going to a pharmacy.” Florida’s 16-month-old medical marijuana business is growing fast, as dispensaries and growers rush to establish themselves. It’s happening even as court battles over state regulations for the young industry rage on.

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Florida’s medical marijuana industry booms despite regulations

Florida’s medical marijuana industry booms despite regulations

Two years ago, Trulieve opened the first medical marijuana dispensary in Florida. Almost one year ago, it opened Jacksonville’s first dispensary. Now, the Gadsden County-based company is experiencing a growth explosion, despite what they say are onerous state regulations and a nebulous legal environment.

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Kim Rivers Discusses Training for Marijuana Dispensary Jobs

Kim Rivers Discusses Training for Marijuana Dispensary Jobs

Kim Rivers, the chief executive officer for Trulieve, a Florida-based marijuana dispensary company, discusses the importance of training in this relatively new field, especially among cultivation workers and eventually, dispensary agents.

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Area’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Should Dispel Remaining Stigma

Area’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Should Dispel Remaining Stigma

The opening of the Treasure Coast's first medical marijuana dispensary in Vero Beach last Thursday was a watershed moment. Some 60 people queued up outside Trulieve in Vero Beach, with the line snaking through the parking lot and onto the Commerce Avenue sidewalk.

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First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens in Vero

First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens in Vero

The Treasure Coast’s first medical marijuana treatment dispensary opened Thursday morning. Trulieve is located on Commerce Avenue in Vero Beach. It might be the city’s only dispensary because the city banned dispensaries last year after approving Trulieve.

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Trulieve Opens Its Doors, Becomes First Medical Marijuana Dispensary on the Treasure Coast

Trulieve Opens Its Doors, Becomes First Medical Marijuana Dispensary on the Treasure Coast

People waited for hours Thursday to be among the first to buy medical marijuana from the only Treasure Coast dispensary. By the time Trulieve opened its doors at 10 a.m., a line of more than 60 people snaked across the parking lot, spilling out onto the Commerce Avenue sidewalk. 

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Medical Marijuana Provider Sues Department of Health Over Caps on Dispensaries

Medical Marijuana Provider Sues Department of Health Over Caps on Dispensaries

Florida medical marijuana provider Trulieve is challenging a state law that caps how many dispensaries it can open and where, saying it unfairly restricts its constitutional right to open storefronts "without arbitrary and unreasonable limits."

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Trulieve Sues State Over Medical Marijuana Dispensary Cap

Trulieve Sues State Over Medical Marijuana Dispensary Cap

Trulieve is challenging the statute, which caps the number of retail outlets to 25. The company's attorney claims Trulieve applied for a total of 27 locations before the caps were added. The lawsuit states the purpose of the statute is to "suppress competition" among medical marijuana treatment centers.

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Trulieve Sues State Over Cap on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Trulieve Sues State Over Cap on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Trulieve, one of the original licensed providers of medical marijuana in Florida, is challenging the constitutionality of a 2017 state law that places "arbitrary" caps on how many retail outlets each company can have across the state.

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What is Florida’s medical marijuana law and why does it take so long for patients to get relief?

What is Florida’s medical marijuana law and why does it take so long for patients to get relief?

This week, Florida's largest medical marijuana dispensary, Trulieve, filed a lawsuit to remove the limits on the number of dispensaries allowed in the state. Trulieve's CEO says this limits their ability to provide safe medical marijuana to customers throughout Florida and it also forces higher prices.

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Fast-Expanding Cannabis Seller Sues State, Aims to Open More Pot Shops

Fast-Expanding Cannabis Seller Sues State, Aims to Open More Pot Shops

Florida’s most ambitious seller of medical marijuana says the state is unfairly cramping its expansion plans by allowing it to open only 25 pot shops statewide. In a suit filed in Leon County against the Florida Department of Health, Trulieve said it should be allowed to open a total of 52 retail locations throughout the state.

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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Still Unavailable on Treasure, Space Coasts

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Still Unavailable on Treasure, Space Coasts

Tallashassee-based Trulieve, which operates 13 dispensaries in Florida, is renovating a building on Commerce Avenue in Vero Beach and working through required permitting, said spokeswoman Victoria Walker.

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Sunny Hills Man: Medical Marijuana Conquered My 30-Year Opioid Addiction

Sunny Hills Man: Medical Marijuana Conquered My 30-Year Opioid Addiction

With the passing of medical marijuana legislation, Harp was able to seek help from a holistic doctor in Panama City who helped him through the process of documenting his medical need for the drug so he could make application for the medical marijuana card. Harp was then able to obtain marijuana in a legal form from Tallahassee-based medical marijuana dispensary, Trulieve.

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Matt Gaetz Developing Bill to Loosen Federal Restriction on Medical Marijuana Research

Matt Gaetz Developing Bill to Loosen Federal Restriction on Medical Marijuana Research

Rep. Matt Gaetz is working on a bill to loosen federal restrictions on medical marijuana research and end the Department of Veterans Affairs' long-standing "gag rule" on alerting veterans about medical marijuana research trials near them.

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Despite US Policy Change, Florida Dispensaries Promise to Continue Distribution

Despite US Policy Change, Florida Dispensaries Promise to Continue Distribution

Trulieve, which has several storefronts in the Tampa Bay Area including Tampa, Bradenton, St. Pete and Sarasota, also says it will continue to distribute and urged customers to contact their representatives in Congress.

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Study Says Cannabis Helps HIV Patients Maintain Cognitive Function

Study Says Cannabis Helps HIV Patients Maintain Cognitive Function

In a potentially groundbreaking discovery, a new Michigan State University (MSU) study says that medical marijuana may be able to decelerate the mental decline that affects as many as 50 percent of patients with HIV.

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Could Marijuana Prevent Opioid Deaths? Here’s What a UNT Researcher Says

Could Marijuana Prevent Opioid Deaths? Here’s What a UNT Researcher Says

A study by UNT Health Science Center assistant professor suggests marijuana use may reduce opioid-related deaths. That doesn’t mean smoking pot is an overall positive, said Melvin Livingston, lead author of a recent study and an assistant professor at UNT Health Science Center. But he said it’s a call for more scholarship in the area.

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UF Health Conducts New Study on Medical Marijuana’s Possible Effects on HIV

UF Health Conducts New Study on Medical Marijuana’s Possible Effects on HIV

A new study on marijuana’s health effects on people with HIV is launching after the University of Florida received a $3.2 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse in August. Participants are currently being selected and interviewed after UF Health released the announcement of this study in late October.

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Trulieve Opens Orlando’s Second Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Trulieve Opens Orlando’s Second Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Trulieve, a licensed medical cannabis provider, held a grand opening yesterday for its 13th dispensary in Florida at 4544 N. Orange Blossom Trail in the Lake Fairview neighborhood. The Orlando City Council approved a Trulieve location before the Florida Legislature implemented their latest rules regarding the regulation of dispensaries. 

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