Palm Bay gets Brevard's first Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on June 24, 2018.

The first medical marijuana dispensary of Brevard County officially opened in Palm Bay on Thursday.

The medical marijuana dispensary named Curaleaf was opened at 1420 Palm Bay Road NE.

Over 50 people who had their medical marijuana cards purchased
products ranging from capsules to oils to flowers after the
ribbon-cutting event.

Prior to Curaleaf, Brevard's nearest medical marijuana dispensaries
were in Vero to the south in Indian River County and Edgewater to the
north in Volusia County.

Speaking about the opening of the dispensary, Michelle Terrell,
director of sales and marketing for Curaleaf, siad, "It's very
important to the residents due to the fact that many of them that
suffer from the conditions that can be treated by medical marijuana
have to drive many hours to pick up their orders."

"This was a location that we definitely saw that needed a lot of
attention," she said.

The new Curaleaf location was a welcome site for many patients leaving
in Palm Bay.

Chris Haver, who is suffering from PTSD, said that he will be able to
buy medical marijuana from Curaleaf in Palm Bay which he was getting
from Edgewater.

Patients willing to buy medical marijuana products from the clinic
need to be seen by a certified physician who diagnoses the person as
suffering from one of the 10 conditions covered under the state's
medical marijuana laws.

From there patients must sign up with the state's medical marijuana
users registry. After that it takes 10-15 days to receive a registration card/number.
At Curaleaf first-time customers have to show ID, and the registration
number, and meet privately with a trained consultant on the available
medical marijuana options. All of it is based on the doctor's
recommendation.

As of now 13 licensed doctors are there in Brevard to give the OK on
medical marijuana. However, the number expected to grow each year, as
likely will the number of dispensaries.

In a bid to allow medical marijuana for certain medical conditions,
Florida voters in voted in favor of the constitutional amendment,
known as Amendment 2, in 2016.

Amendment 2 gave doctors the authority to recommend marijuana for
patients who have AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, cancer, Crohn's
disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's
disease, post-traumatic stress disorder and other debilitating medical
conditions.

In February, Brevard County Commissioners approved medical marijuana
dispensariesĀ  in unincorporated Brevard County.

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