Trulieve, a growing operation in Northwest Florida became the first of six dispensaries in Florida to gain approval to start providing cannabis to a small list of approved patients. Trulieve has been licensed by Florida’s health department to grow and distribute CBD cannabis.
Florida’s list of approved patients so far only includes people suffering from seizure disorders. This November voters will decide whether or not to add patients suffering from glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, and Parkinson’s to the list as well.
Low strength medical cannabis was legalized in the state two years ago back in 2014, but dispensary organizations had to go through a long bureaucratic process in order to get the approval needed from various state agencies. There were also many legal hoops to jump through.
Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said in a statement, “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.”
Florida receiving their first crop of medical cannabis is a small victory, but a victory nonetheless for those who support marijuana reform. The fact that a state as conservative as Florida can provide cannabis for those who need it gives me hope that the rest of the US will soon follow suit.
Are you a Florida resident, or someone who uses medical cannabis? Share your opinions in the comments!