First medical marijuana dispensary in Gainesville opens on Friday

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on May 20, 2017.

The first medical marijuana dispensary in Gainesville opened on Friday. Knox Medical, a Central-Florida based medical marijuana firm will be delivering the medical cannabis plant. This is the first medical marijuana dispensary to be set up in Gainesville and one of the firsts in Florida after the approval of medical marijuana amendment.

Knox Medical, which is located on Southwest 34th street and is close to the University of Florida, is attempting to make it appear more like a pharmacy than a stereotypical ‘pot-shop.’ The shop starts taking orders from 11am.

The dispensary has a waiting room, which has open access for all, but only people with prescriptions are allowed beyond the waiting area. There is consultation room and a section which has Knox’s products displayed.

Since, no medical dispensaries in Florida can legally sell marijuana to be smoked; Knox Medical’s product line would include vaporizers and liquid drops.

The doctors are allowed to prescribe pots for diseases including cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis and related diseases. Only a patient who has been treated three times by a physician would be eligible to receive cannabis treatment.

Operating out of Winter Garden for over 50 years, Knox Medical is part of the Knox Nursery, which manufactures more than 500 varieties of plants.

Knox also plans to open up dispensaries in other locations of Florida including Jacksonville, Lake Worth, Tallahassee and St. Petersburg in the next two years. A medical marijuana dispensary is due to be set up in Orlando in a few weeks.

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