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First In Florida: Marijuana Dispensary Opens In Tallahassee

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Florida’s first cannabis dispensary is now open in Tallahassee.  Trulieve medical director Dr. Ken Brummel-Smith says the next step is getting doctors ready to prescribe the treatment.

“One of the things though that I think patients will struggle with is finding physicians to order it,” Brummel-Smith says.  “This will be a little bit of challenge at the first but I think that that will start to play out much better as time goes on.”

Doctors have to complete an education course and add their names to the compassionate use registry before they can prescribe the drug.  They also need to be their patient’s physician of record for at least 90 days before writing a prescription.

Trulieve is the retail arm of Hackney Nurseries—the medical marijuana license holder for Northeast Florida.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.