Despite the voter-backed medical pot bill which won by over 70 percent back in November. State legislators in Tallahassee are doing everything in their power undermine this giant shift in Florida.
On the other hand medical pot dispensaries are slowly becoming a reality in south Florida. Miami’s first legal storefront dispensary just opened last week, just across the bay near the airport, commissioners will vote on where three new 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,” said Kim Rivers, spokesperson for Trulieve, the North Florida based firm behind the first dispensary in South Florida.
At this moment, The dispensary is operating under rules that were passed in 2014 and 2015, which allows low-THC products for certain illnesses and full marijuana products for those who are terminally ill. The shop has a variety of marijuana-based medicines ranging from vaporizers to pills and drinks for qualifying patients.
Once Tallahassee gets around to accepting this medical bill, the dispensary will be available to a vast range of patients.
The trulieve location wont be Miami-Dade’s only dispensary for long. After months of de-facto banning of medical pot storefronts, The commissioners at Miami Beach will vote on Wednesday as to where the dispensaries can operate on the beach.
Currently there are three licenses available for South beach, Commissioners have to decide how the companies will be zoned and operated, considering locations in south beach, Mid-beach and north-beach.
Choosing the locations will definitely be the main issue at hand, because medical marijuana has been treated and looked at as much less dangerous than other popular drugs. Critics have actually been making fun of the commission for repeatedly delaying the votes, accusing commissioner Ricky Arriola for rifling up voters with “ not in my backyard” comments about the use of marijuana.
Once South beach does get everything together, there will extremely difficult competition for the available licenses. Making the prospect of medicinal marijuana in southern Florida a lot more tangible in the near future.