Trulieve, the first company to dispense medical marijuana in Florida, will open its fourth medical cannabis dispensary in the state Wednesday morning, this time in Pensacola.

“We are proud to open our fourth dispensary and our first in the Pensacola area. And this opening is especially exciting because we maintain our headquarters in the panhandle and are deeply committed to our patients here,” said Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers. “We also have our statewide home delivery program and will have more dispensary locations opening this year.”

Trulieve is one of the seven corporations exclusively licensed to grow and sell medical marijuana in Florida in what is expected to be a lucrative industry, once doctors are legally allowed to begin writing prescriptions later this year.

The opening comes as the Legislature continues to discuss and debate a process on implementing Amendment 2, the measure passed by more than 71 percent of Floridians last fall legalizing medical pot for people diagnosed with HIV, cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, PTSD, ALS and a slew of other illnesses under a doctor’s prescription.

On Tuesday, the Senate Health Policy Committee passed Fleming Island Republican Rob Bradley’s bill that would allow for five more dispensaries to be approved by this October, and another four for every 75,000 medical marijuana patients.

That’s different than the House version, which would result in fewer grower/dispensers around the state. The legislation from Fort Myers Republican Ray Rodrigues calls for five more dispensaries when there are 200,000 medical marijuana patients and three more for every 100,000 after that.

Trulieve’s other dispensaries are located in Tampa, Clearwater and Tallahassee.

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