The renovation of a building that once served as an auto repair shop on Beach Blvd. is a sign of things to come for a growing number of patients in Northeast Florida. The first low-THC and medical cannabis dispensary planned for Duval County is expected to open within months.
The Tallahassee-based company, Trulieve, has begun the process of constructing a medical marijuana treatment center (MMTC) at 6259 Beach Blvd. in Jacksonville. This would make the fifth storefront the company has opened since July 2016.
The process to open the Jacksonville dispensary started back on Dec. 20, 2016, when initial permits were filed with the Jacksonville Building Inspection Division. Since then, Trulieve has had to file seven separate building inspection requests, the most recent on March 30.
Still waiting on final approval, the general contracting firm Ticon, Inc. has begun doing demolition and minor plumbing repairs on the inside of the building which was once the auto repair shop A&N Auto Care.
Building plans should be approved by the end of this week, according to Trulieve community relations spokesperson Victoria Walker. The dispensary is expected to open within 60 days and will offer both CBD and THC products, all of which are non-smokable.
“Jacksonville is an important city for us to be in,” Walker said. “There are a lot of patients in Jacksonville that are currently having to get delivery, which is an additional cost to the patient.”
Walker says Trulieve has approximately 3,000 patients statewide, with several hundred of those in the Jacksonville area that require a home delivery. Trulieve makes a trip to the Jacksonville area twice a week, according to Walker, and every delivery costs the patient an additional flat-fee of $25.
All the deliveries currently come from Trulieve MMTCs in Tallahassee or Clearwater. Walker says the company