Zac Anderson Political Editor @zacjanderson
The first medical marijuana dispensary between St. Petersburg and Miami is expected to open in Bradenton next month, another sign that the industry is starting to take root in Southwest Florida, nine months after voters legalized marijuana as a treatment for various ailments.
Trulieve received approval for the dispensary before Bradenton leaders enacted a moratorium on the businesses.
Renovations to the inside of Trulieve’s property on 14th Street West just south of downtown Bradenton have been completed, a large display case and company sign have been installed inside, and Trulieve has selected a store manager for the property.
Many local governments have established moratoriums on dispensaries, limiting the industry’s visibility in its early stages.
That hasn’t stopped the 27,000 current patients from accessing the treatment. Trulieve and other companies make home deliveries for a fee.
But medical professionals and patients say they would like to see more dispensaries open for a variety of reasons, from the experience they provide to avoiding the higher cost of home delivery.
Based near Tallahassee, Trulieve is the leading player