Medical marijuana company plans West Palm Beach's first dispensary – Palm Beach Post

After its parent company purchased a Florida pot purveyor, RISE Dispensaries said it plans to open two cannabis stores in Palm Beach County next year, including the first marijuana dispensary in West Palm Beach.

RISE Dispensaries is a unit of Green Thumb Industries, a Chicago company that on Thursday said it paid $58 million for KSGNF, one of 11 companies the Florida Department of Health allows to sell marijuana.

Green Thumb Industries is part of a wave of out-of-state companies spending big money for a foothold in Florida’s budding marijuana market. Scythian Biosciences Corp. of Toronto said this summer it will pay $93 million for cannabis licensee 3 Boys Farms of Ruskin. Another company, MedMen, recently paid $53 million for another state-approved marijuana operation, Treadwell Simpson Partnership of Eustis.

RISE Dispensaries officials wouldn’t disclose the precise locations of its new retail locations, but they said one is in downtown West Palm Beach. The other is in an unincorporated area west of Delray Beach.

RISE Dispensaries said its stores are typically 2,500 to 3,500 square feet.

West Palm Beach officials in June agreed to allow marijuana dispensaries to operate in the city. City Commissioners voted unanimously to allow dispensaries and to regulate them no differently from pharmacies, except that cannabis stores can’t operate within 500 feet of a school.

Since Florida voters overwhelmingly legalized medical marijuana in 2016, four state-sanctioned pot shops have opened in Palm Beach County. Trulieve operates dispensaries in Boynton Beach and in an unincorporated area near West Palm Beach. Knox Medical and Curaleaf have facilities in Lake Worth. Another dispensary, GrowHealthy, plans to open a dispensary on Okeechobee Boulevard in unincorporated Palm Beach County later this year.

Green Thumb Industries runs RISE dispensaries in Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada and Pennsylvania.

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