“We have a lot of people at our Orlando dispensary that said they were driving 30 minutes to get there,” said Knox Medical CEO Jose Hidalgo.
Central Florida is now home to eight medical marijuana dispensaries, with six in Orlando, one in Kissimmee and the eighth in Casselberry.
Casselberry was among several Seminole County cities that passed moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries. There also was a ban in unincorporated parts of the county and in Orange County.
But most of those moratoriums have expired, and dispensaries are now moving in.
Longwood is set to get a medical marijuana dispensary from a company named Harvest, according to Florida’s Office of Medical Marijuana use. The Longwood dispensary will be at 182 W. State Road 434.
The state’s medical marijuana industry was given a boost last month when lawmakers passed a law allowing smokable medical marijuana, which had previously been banned.
Knox plans to have smokable medical marijuana available at dispensaries by the beginning of May, Hidalgo said. The company recently purchased a 60,000-square-foot growing facility in the Tampa Bay area.
Medical marijuana industry professionals said they expected a large increase in business with sales of smokable marijuana flowers now legal.
The new Casselberry dispensary from Knox Medical will carry a full line of medical marijuana products from vapors and nasal sprays to creams and suppositories.
It will also have the company’s newest line of THC and CBD concentrates, Knox spokesman Scott Klenet said.
Knox Medical opened Orlando’s first medical marijuana dispensary in May 2017, at first offering only non-euphoric medical