GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A Central Florida-based medical marijuana firm, Knox Medical, opened a dispensary storefront in Gainesville Wednesday, one of its first in Florida since the passing of medical marijuana amendment in November, according to a report from News4Jax sister station News 6 in Orlando.
The Knox Medical Gainesville location is on SW 34th Street, close to the University of Florida campus.
No Florida medical dispensaries can legally sell marijuana to be smoked. Knox Medical and other companies sell low THC oils and cartridges for vaporized-smoking devices.
Knox is set to open a dispensary in Orlando, the first for the city, in a few weeks. The storefront at 1901 N. Orange Ave. in Ivanhoe Village, will be the first for the City Beautiful.
More Florida locations are planned in Jacksonville, Lake Worth, Tallahassee and St. Petersburg opening in 2017 and 2018, according to a spokesperson for Knox Medical.
The company is part of Knox Nursery, operating out of Winter Garden for more than 50 years, according to their website. The nursery produces more than 500 varieties of plants.
News 6 attended the grand opening event Wednesday after Knox received approval from the Florida Department of Health to open its first cannabis dispensary in Gainesville. Take a virtual tour through the store here.
Knox Medical co-founders Jose Hidalgo and Bruce Knox led a press tour of the new facility.
“Knox Medical is working with Florida’s top architects and designers to create an unrivaled dispensary experience that puts the needs and interests of our patients first,” Know and Hidalgo said in a news release.
This story will be updated, watch News 6 at 5 for the full report from Gainesville.