The first medical marijuana dispensary in Pensacola will open on Wednesday.
Trulieve, one of seven licensed cannabis dispensing organizations in Florida, will open its new dispensary at 10 a.m. Wednesday at 3119 N. Davis Highway, according to a press release from the company.
The dispensary will sell products with both low and high amounts of THC, the main active chemical in marijuana, and delivery systems that include capsules, vaporizers and tinctures to patients who are approved for medical cannabis through the state's Compassionate Use Registry system.
The company can also ship its products to patients with medical marijuana cards in other parts of the state, according to the release.
Although marijuana remains illegal under federal law, Florida voters approved an amendment last year to make medical marijuana available to patients with certain conditions and diseases. Illnesses addressed in the amendment include cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
Physicians who complete mandatory training can submit their patients to a state registry that allows them to purchase medical marijuana.
The Florida Department of Health regularly updates a list of physicians who have completed the required training. Four Escambia County doctors and five Santa Rosa County doctors completed the training as of March 31.
A second licensed medical marijuana dispensary, Surterra, has announced plans to open in Pensacola later this year, a company representative confirmed on Tuesday.