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Orlando gets its second medical marijuana dispensary

Published On: 12-20-2017 in Category: Marijuana

Trulieve, the one stop for medical cannabis products run by North Florida’s Hackney Nursery, opened a second dispensary in Orlando on Nov. 28, 2017, at 4544 N. Orange Blossom Trail in the Lake Fairview neighborhood. The latest outlet is one of three dispensaries, which the city of Orlando approved in 2016. Trulieve also has plans to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Vero Beach, Bradenton, Fort Meyers, Jacksonville, Lady Lake, Miami, Pensacola and Tallahassee.

Staff at Trulieve said they hope that the second dispensary in Orlando will continue to eliminate the shame and stigma associated with medical cannabis and related products. Inside the dispensary, medical marijuana card holders can purchase several low to high THC-based products, oils, capsules, vaporizers, sprays and creams. “We want people to feel like they’re getting the medicine and not in an uncomfortable way,” said Victoria Walker, staff member at Trulieve. However, in order to purchase cannabis-based medications, customers don’t need any prior appointment. Instead, they require to show documentary proof of being a registered patient with the state of Florida, which mandates being under the care of a specially certified doctor.

This dispensary in Orlando also offers delivery services to Osceola, Orange, Seminole Brevard, Lake, and Volusia counties. In Florida, the first law governing medical marijuana was passed in 2014. But, after two years, pro-marijuana voters expanded the scope of the law to include conditions such as AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), HIV, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma and Parkinson’s disease.

Marijuana is detrimental to health

Being a mind-altering drug, marijuana remains in the system for a longer duration leaving users vulnerable to multiple physical and mental health disorders. With medical marijuana being legalized in 29 states across the U.S., experts believe that the nation is doing immense disservice to the future generations by adopting a relaxed attitude toward the dangers of the drug. Despite the wide acceptance of pot in many circles, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified it as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) because of high potential for abuse.

Studies have revealed the presence of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a neurotoxin, in marijuana that is the main reason behind an individual being unable to discontinue its use in spite of knowing the negative impact on his or her life. Estimates of the number of people across the U.S. addicted to marijuana are phenomenal. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report, an estimated 24 million Americans aged 12 or older were current users of marijuana in 2016. The percentage of people aged 12 or older who were current pot users in 2016 was higher than the percentages from 2002 to 2015.

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