The Florida Department of Health has given authorization for the opening of a cannabis dispensary in Tallahassee, marking the state’s first legal cannabis dispensary in its history.

The authorization was given to Trulieve dispensary, which says that it will open its doors to customers next week.

“We are happy to announce that we have passed all inspections — from growing and processing to dispensing — and are the very first medical cannabis provider in the state to receive these formal authorizations. And we are most excited to get this much anticipated medicine to the patients of Florida,” said Kim Rivers, the CEO of Trulieve.

The dispensary will provide cannabis that is lower in THC to the public immediately upon its opening.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed legislation in March that would slightly expand access to medical cannabis in the state. Voters in the Sunshine State will go to the polls this November to vote on a bill looking to the state’s Department of Health to regulate medical cannabis treatment centers throughout the state.

Florida voters appear to favor the expansion of cannabis laws: A poll released in May found 80 percent of the state’s voters supportive of expanding access to medical cannabis, and 56 percent supportive of expanding access to recreational cannabis.

John Winston is a New York City-based journalist and a media advisor for

First Florida Dispensary to Open in Tallahassee
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