Modern Health Concepts is one of the seven dispensaries in Florida and they are placing one of their outlets in Palm Beach County’s city of Lake Worth. Rules for medical marijuana in Florida are still trying to be understood by residents. They need to know how to get their medical marijuana card, what qualifies them to get a medical card, where they can find a doctor and then where they can go to get their medical marijuana. The map of dispensaries and their outlets is only in the beginning phases of materializing, and this particular location in Lake Worth is anticipated to be open by next month.
Nearly all of these facilities will deliver your medical marijuana prescriptions, but to walk into a facility certainly may expand your understanding of the array of products available so that you can find what could work best for your condition. What questions do you have about medical marijuana in Florida?
As Florida’s medical marijuana industry takes root, the state’s seven licensed pot producers have opened dispensaries from Miami to Pensacola — but not, at least so far, in Palm Beach County.
That could change in the coming weeks. Two cannabis companies plan retail locations on Dixie Highway in Lake Worth, and the county’s first dispensary could open as early as August.
Modern Health Concepts of Miami-Dade County plans a 3,000-square-foot dispensary in a recently renovated building at 1125 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. Building owner Scott Berman, who’s leasing part of a larger building to the marijuana seller, said the company aims to build a lavish space that could open in the next two months.
“This is going to be the Starbucks of medical marijuana,” Berman said. “Modern Health Concepts is spending $200,000 to $300,000 to make this a state-of-the-art facility.”
Another cannabis company, Knox Medical of Miami, plans a 2,300-square-foot pot shop of its own, in a former bank branch at 1 S. Dixie Highway, just across the street from Lake Worth city hall. That business already has received a certificate of occupancy, a city official said. A Knox Medical spokesman said the dispensary should open in August or September.
While dispensaries have opened in Orlando, the Tampa area, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Gainesville and even The Villages, no cannabis retailers have opened in Palm Beach County, in part because the county and many municipalities have passed rules temporarily barring pot shops.
Palm Beach County voters overwhelmingly favor medical marijuana. Nearly 75 percent said yes to Amendment 2, the November 2016 ballot question that expanded Florida’s medical marijuana program. The amendment’s margin of victory in Palm Beach County was the sixth-highest among the state’s 67 counties.
Yet Palm Beach County and municipalities such as Boca Raton, Palm Beach and West Palm Beach have said they won’t allow pot businesses for now, although the county has been working on an ordinance for medical marijuana dispensaries that is expected to be ready this fall or sooner.
Unlike other municipalities, Lake Worth didn’t pass a moratorium on marijuana dispensaries. With no ordinance in place, a new state law means the city now must accept pot shops, said city Commissioner Andy Amoroso.
“It’s a free-for-all,” Amoroso said. “We can’t say no. If no one else is allowing them to open, where else are they going to go?”