GrowHealthy, a Florida-based medical marijuana dispensary, opened its very first location Wednesday in West Palm Beach.
Next week, two more dispensaries will be opening in the Lake Worth/Wellington area and Brandon—and there’s more to come. GrowHealthy plans to open 16 more dispensaries in 2019, and 30 by the end of 2020. Since February, the company has provided free statewide delivery.
“This has been a lot of work,” says Daniel Dietz, the manager of real estate development. “There’s a lot of regulation, inspections that go into getting a store open.”
In 2016, Floridians overwhelmingly passed Amendment 2, giving residents access to medical marijuana. However, multiple cities, including Boca Raton, have placed a permanent ban on dispensaries.
At GrowHealthy, patients with valid medical cannabis cards can purchase cartridges, oral syringes and tinctures. Soon, the business will be stocking disposable vape pens, capsules, and topical creams. Marijuana flowers cannot be sold in the state of Florida due to carcinogens ingested while smoking it.
All the products at GrowHealthy are derived from cannabis grown in Lake Wales. Throughout the store, set up like a cafe, products are displayed in wood-and-glass cases. Staff donning white and khaki uniforms are on hand to explain the uses for each product, which have varying levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). These levels vary according to patient need, and also vary in inducing a “head high”—some don’t at all.
While a majority of patients use medical marijuana to treat pain, such as arthritis or nerve pain, it’s also used to alleviate anxiety and help patients sleep.
“There are a lot of people who are suffering that cannot find relief from traditional medical pathways,” says Don Moxley, GrowHealthy’s director of applied science and brand development. “Cannabis has been shown to be an absolute godsend when it comes to dealing with pain, dealing with anxiety, improving sleep.”
According to Moxley, cannabis products have been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory that not only lasts longer than over-the-counter pain killers, but is also easier on the stomach.
Marijuana was legal in the United States until the introduction of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. With state slowly reintroducing the plant and its uses to the public, Moxley says, “The challenge now is how do we reintroduce the plant and its products and how to use it?”