James Willamor

Florida Dispensary Planning Second Location

On the heels of their successful first dispensary opening in Tallahassee, Trulieve has announced plans for their second Florida location in Pensacola, according to a report from the Pensacola News Journal.

Kim Rivers, CEO of Trulieve, said the site has been granted zoning certification, and they are currently working with the Department of Health for the proper permits.

“We think it’s very important that we’re serving patients here in Northwest Florida, so Pensacola is definitely an important market for us,” Rivers said in the report.

She declined to speculate when the new location would be open for business, but indicated they would move forward “as quickly as the process will allow.”

According to the company’s website, Trulieve is also planning on opening dispensaries in Tampa, Bradenton, Clearwater and St. Petersburg. The company already offers statewide delivery, and its Tallahassee location is currently the only operational dispensary in the state.

Brian Spencer, councilman for the district in which the new shop is proposed, said he would not oppose the dispensary because of its medical value to his constituents.

Under the current law, low-strength medical cannabis is available in Florida to patients with severe chronic seizures or muscle spasms, according to the bill text. Floridians will vote this November on Amendment 2, which would increase the number of conditions approved for cannabis therapy.

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