Trulieve opens a medical marijuana dispensary on the Treasure Coast

Medical Marijuana Treatment Center is now available to the Treasure Coast, Florida

Even after the Treasure Coast banned medical marijuana dispensaries last year, patients in the area will benefit from this medication. That is after Trulieve established the first dispensary in Indian River County. Even though we might witness another dispensary in the area soon, patients who could not access medical cannabis due to distance and pain can now get it without traveling very far.

Trulieve dispensary was approved several months before the City Council banned medical marijuana dispensaries in the year 2017. The Indian River County also banned the dispensaries. Therefore, medical cannabis dispensaries are only permitted in St. Lucie County, Port St. Lucie, Rockledge, Palm Bay, Titusville and Satellite Beach. Brevard County is still working to end its ban on medicinal marijuana dispensaries.

Trulieve has other dispensaries in the state of Florida, including in Clearwater, Orlando, Bradenton, Edgewater and Tampa. They claim that their main goal is to provide patients with safe and quality products on the Treasure Coast. They also believe that the new dispensary will help them offer more customized care to the individuals who need it most.

Currently, there are no marijuana dispensaries between Volusia County and the Palm Beach County. Despite the approval of the 2016 constitutional amendment that legalized use of medicinal marijuana for patients with illnesses such as cancer, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease or glaucoma, the number of dispensaries are few.

However, Alachua-based Liberty Health Services applied to start its operations in the Treasure Coast area on February 14, 2018. There are no medical marijuana dispensaries in the Treasure and Space Coasts.

The services this medical marijuana dispensary will offer

The primary reason why Trulieve established the medical marijuana dispensary in Indian River County is to provide the suffering patients with a secure and easier way to access medicinal marijuana treatment. Benefits of nature’s plant are already known and most states have accepted it as a treatment option for devastating medical conditions.

However, that does not mean you can just walk into the dispensary and buy the medicinal marijuana.  You will need to consult a licensed medical practitioner, who should guide you through the entire process and can recommend use of medical cannabis. The doctors must pass through the approval process and rigorous vetting before they are certified.

Some medical cannabis patients claim that they have a prescription for the medical drug, but cannabis prescriptions are illegal. According to the federal government classification, marijuana is in the Schedule 1 drug category. That means that doctors cannot prescribe it to patients and you cannot go to a pharmacy to buy it.

Instead, medicinal cannabis physicians supply the recommendation to patients in compliance with the laws of the state. A patient has to undergo physical examination in addition to assessment of the medical history before they receive recommendation for qualifying conditions. Florida has already issued 11 marijuana cultivation licenses.

To get medical marijuana in Florida, you have to show your identification and your marijuana registration card. You will also complete some paperwork that will make you a member of the collective gardens of the dispensary. You will then start receiving marijuana from the dispensary in return for monetary donations. You can still become a member of other gardens as well.

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