While there are state-sanctioned pot shops in Lake Worth, Boynton Beach and unincorporated Palm Beach County, the Clematis Street site marks the debut of legal cannabis in West Palm Beach.
West Palm Beach’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened Friday. MedMen Enterprises began selling state-regulated cannabis from its store at 539 Clematis St.
MedMen’s 7,550 square-foot store is located near Rosemary Square, formerly known as CityPlace, and the Brightline train station.
It’s the first of a dozen Florida locations planned by Los Angeles-based MedMen.
While there are state-sanctioned pot shops in Lake Worth, Boynton Beach and unincorporated Palm Beach County, the downtown site marks the debut of legal marijuana in West Palm Beach.
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MedMen set up shop in a Clematis Street building owned by a corporation controlled by Palm Beach real estate investor Jonathan Gladstone, according to property records and corporate records. A storefront selling unregulated CBD products is a few doors away.
In a constitutional amendment on statewide ballots in November 2016, voters overwhelmingly supported legalized medical marijuana. Statewide, 71 percent voted for it; in Palm Beach County, 75 percent approved; and in West Palm Beach, 77 percent voted yes. Since then, more than 200,000 Floridians have signed up for permission to use legal cannabis.
As of June 7, 228,000 Floridians held medical marijuana cards, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Some municipalities, including Boca Raton and Palm Beach, have barred pot shops. However, a marijuana-driven crime wave feared by pot opponents has not materialized. A Palm Beach Post review of law enforcement records earlier this year found no reported crimes at any of the county’s state-regulated marijuana dispensaries.