LAKE WORTH —
Palm Beach County’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened Tuesday, and Steve Buchholz of Lake Worth was among the first customers.
Buchholz, 57, said he suffers from chronic knee pain stemming from a high school football injury 40 years ago.
“Every step I take every day is painful,” Buchholz said as he waited for Knox Medical’s new location in downtown Lake Worth to open.
Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications don’t work especially well and cause side effects, he said, but cannabis relieves the pain of his arthritis.
“I can still actually function,” Buchholz said.
As Florida’s budding cannabis industry takes root, Knox Medical’s Lake Worth dispensary is the first pot shop between Miami and Orlando. The store’s location reflects just how quickly marijuana has gone mainstream: It’s directly across the street from Lake Worth city hall, and it occupies a high-traffic location in a former bank branch.
More than 50,000 Floridians had won permission