GrowHealthy medical marijuana dispensary opening in Lakeland – News – News Chief


GrowHealthy’s location in Lakeland will be the fifth such outlet in Polk County and the first for GrowHealthy, which operates a cannabis cultivation facility in Lake Wales.

LAKELAND — GrowHealthy, which has been cultivating medical marijuana at its Lake Wales facility since 2017, will soon open its first dispensary in Polk County.

The company’s green signs went up this week at the property at 3004 U.S. 98 N. in Lakeland.

The dispensary, the fifth in the county, will hold a grand opening Friday, Aug. 30, according to a news release from iAnthus Capital Holdings, GrowHealthy’s corporate owner.

The company also plans to open a dispensary in Gainesville next week, iAnthus said in a news release. That will bring the company’s total in Florida to eight.

Hadley Ford, chief executive officer of iAnthus, said the company recently received approval from Florida’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) to open the Lakeland dispensary.

“We’re excited by the progress the business is making in Florida,” Ford said in a news release. “We will continue our retail expansion in this robust and growing market through early 2020. We look forward to serving medical marijuana patients in these Florida communities with high-quality, trusted and dependable products and services.”

The location, just south of Griffin Road, is almost within sight of the first dispensary to open in Polk County, one operated by Curaleaf. Surterra Wellness manages dispensaries in Lakeland and Winter Haven, and Liberty Health Sciences also has a shop in Winter Haven.

Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2016 allowing the use of cannabis-derived products to treat the symptoms of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder and a range of other ailments.

Medical marijuana is available for purchase by Florida residents who receive an identification card issued by the OMMU. A qualified doctor must

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