Southwest Florida’s first medical marijuana dispensary is opening Tuesday in Bradenton.

The dispensary is owned by Trulieve, which has been expanding rapidly and is one of the leading players in Florida’s medical marijuana market.

The Bradenton location will be Trulieve’s 10th dispensary in Florida, and the only dispensary between St. Petersburg and Miami.

Florida voters legalized medical marijuana last year and the state Legislature recently approved a regulatory framework for the industry.

"We have a large and rapidly growing patient base in this portion of the state so we are happy we can expand our service to them,” Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said in a statement announcing the opening of the Bradenton location.

The dispensary is at 1103 14th St. W., just south of downtown.

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