Central Florida’s first medical marijuana dispensary is slated to open in the next few weeks on North Orange Avenue at Ivanhoe Village, next to White Wolf Cafe.
With gleaming white floors highlighted by gold flecks, wood-slat walls, custom cabinetry and glass panels separating a waiting room from the products, the Knox Medical is slated to open at 1901 North Orange Avenue with public relations in mind as well as function.
“I think the community can embrace it and be proud of it,” said Bruce Knox, founder of Knox Medical. “We are just trying to build them as nice as we can to dispel the myth. We all want to have a very professional image and we don’t want anything seedy that could tarnish the state’s image.”
The Knox retail operation, which has about 2,600 square feet a half mile south of Florida Hospital’s main campus, will offer delivery and in-store purchases, said Tara Tedrow, an attorney with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed.
Knox Nursery Inc. is one of seven companies licensed to cultivate and sell to customers with physician prescription for what is considered a medicinal drug. Florida’s Department of Health Office of Compassionate Use lists hundreds of physicians who have completed training necessary to prescribe.
In the next two months, Knox expects in the next few weeks to open four new dispensaries around the state.
“Only patients will be going in there. ’Lookie-loos,’ they can’t enter the building,” the entrepreneur said. “It’s not going to be like Colorado or California with tons of people coming their and loitering and looking at their product lines.”
Locating new stores depends on local land-use and zoning ordinances, some of which address distances from churches and also the use of armored vehicles to transport cash. The Florida Association of Counties details