Monday, April 24, 2017 at 10:08 a.m.
Up in Tallahassee, state legislators are doing everything they can to undermine medical marijuana in Florida. Voters backed medical pot by more than 70 percent in November, and yet lawmakers responded by inviting the same guy who spent millions trying to defeat the measure to help write the new rules.
But despite all those statehouse shenanigans, medical pot dispensaries are finally a reality in Miami-Dade. Miami’s first legal storefront dispensary opened last week near the airport, and across the bay, commissioners will vote Wednesday on where three dispensaries could open in Miami Beach.
“We have been delivering to the Miami area since July, but we’re very excited to have a brick-and-mortar storefront so patients can avoid delivery fees,” says Kim Rivers, a spokesperson for Trulieve, the North Florida-based firm behind Miami’s first dispensary.
For now, the Trulieve dispensary is operating under rules passed between 2014-15, allowing low-THC products for a limited number of ailments and full marijuana products for terminally ill patients. The shop has a variety of marijuana-based medicines — from vaporizers to pills to tinctures — for qualifying patients.
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Whenever Tally gets around to passing a medical marijuana bill, the dispensary will be open to a far wider range of patients (assuming legislators come close to enacting what voters asked for in November, of course).
The Trulieve location won’t be Miami-Dade’s only pot-slinging storefront for long. After months of dragging its feet and de-facto banning medical pot, Miami Beach will finally vote Wednesday on where dispensaries can operate on the island.
There are three licenses up for grabs on the Beach, and commissioners have to decide where those businesses will be zoned to operate. They’re considering a pair