West Palm Beach Knox Dispensary Opens on Tuesday

West Palm Beach Knox Dispensary Opens on Tuesday

Another medical marijuana treatment center is opening in southern Florida on Tuesday. West Palm Beach will be home to a much needed Knox medical marijuana store after many towns have banned or simply not made a decision on whether they will permit the outlets. Broward County still does not have any dispensaries but one is supposed to open in north Ft. Lauderdale.

The first medical marijuana dispensary in Palm Beach County will open Tuesday in what used to be a bank.

Knox Medical will open at noon Tuesday at 1 South Dixie Highway in Lake Worth, across the street from Lake Worth City Hall.

“We are very excited to open in Lake Worth and to serve the patient community that has asked for our presence for a very long time,” said José Hidalgo, founder of Knox, one of the 10 companies licensed in Florida to provide medical marijuana.

Three-fourths of Florida voters in 2016 agreed that people with certain medical conditions should be allowed to use marijuana to alleviate their suffering.

No dispensaries have opened in Broward County yet. And seven Broward County municipalities have banned pot shops or put moratoriums on them opening. Boca Raton banned the pot shops in October, but city commissions in Deerfield Beach and Boynton Beach have agreed to allow them.

Medical marijuana dispensaries — on hold or banned in many South Florida cities — will be welcome in the unincorporated parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Broward commissioners said Tuesday they aren’t going to question the wisdom of voters who overwhelmingly approved the state’s medical…

Medical marijuana dispensaries — on hold or banned in many South Florida cities — will be welcome in the unincorporated parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Broward commissioners said Tuesday they aren’t going to question the wisdom of voters who overwhelmingly approved the state’s medical…

John Nesbit, who runs a retail business on Dixie Highway in the dispensary’s vicinity in Lake Worth, is all for it.

Marijuana “is a lot better than the opiates they’ve been prescribing for the last 10 years,” Nesbit said. “They are doing crazy things to get these [opiate] drugs. You don’t see that with marijuana.”

Knox Medical opened its first Florida marijuana retail outlet in Gainesville in May and others in Orlando, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville. But the company delivers the product from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys, according to company spokesman Scott Klenet.

Three marijuana centers have been allowed in Miami-Dade County, one in Kendall and two in Miami.

 

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