Trulieve Opens First Dispensary In Seffner, Florida

The new dispensary marks the Company’s 75th location nationwide

FLORIDA:  Trulieve Cannabis Corp., a leading and top-performing cannabis company based in the United States, announced today the opening of a brand-new Florida dispensary, the Company’s 75th nationwide. The new location marks the first dispensary to open in Seffner, bringing patients direct access to Florida’s largest and broadest assortment of medical cannabis products.

The new dispensary supports Trulieve’s goal of expanding and ensuring direct, reliable patient access to medical cannabis across its home state of Florida. It joins the Company’s 69 other dispensaries statewide, including several in nearby Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg.

“Access is important to us and has been a driving factor for our growth across Florida for years. Over the past few months, we’ve prioritized opening in cities and towns where access to medical marijuana was limited because we believe patients should have reliable and safe access to the medications they’ve come to rely on,” said Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers. “We’ve come a long way in four years and we’re excited to end the year strong with our 75th location nationwide and the first dispensary in Seffner.”

In honor of the Company’s brand-new dispensary, all patients — from those new to Trulieve to the dedicated Truliever community — will be eligible for a 25% in-store discount at the new Seffner dispensary on opening day. In line with policies adopted statewide, all visitors are required to wear masks for the duration of their dispensary visit. Additionally, only patients and their state-approved caregivers will be allowed inside the waiting room and dispensary at this time.

ANNOUNCING: Trulieve Seffner Grand Opening
WHERE: 801 W Martin Luther King Blvd., Seffner, Florida 33584
WHEN: Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at 9:00 a.m.

In stores and online, patients will find Florida’s largest selection of THC and CBD products, available in a variety of delivery methods, including edibles, smokable cannabis, concentrates, tinctures, topical creams, vaporizers, and more. Trulieve also offers home delivery statewide for patients and convenient in-store pickup at each of its 70 dispensaries in Florida.

To assist patients with ordering, Trulieve has made our entire catalog of products available for online ordering, with in-store pickup and statewide home delivery options available. In addition, patients can schedule a complimentary 30-minute virtual consultation with a Trulieve certified consultant to help navigate questions on products, devices, or to review their doctor’s recommendation.

Furthermore, to assist with CDC recommendations for social distancing and in compliance with additional company-enforced safety guidelines, several measures have been taken to ensure the health and well-being of employees and patients, including modifications to the layout of all stores, installation of plexiglass partitions and HEPA air filtration scrubbers in every dispensary, increasing access to masks and sanitizer throughout the store for staff and visitors, utilizing visual aids to direct traffic throughout the store, and increasing the frequency of deep cleanings for all dispensaries.

Trulieve is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and will update store policies as needed to ensure the highest level of safety of our patients and staff. All updates will be shared directly on Trulieve’s website as they are enacted.

The Office of Medical Marijuana Use recently announced the registry had surpassed 450,000 registered medical marijuana patients with an active ID card, with Trulieve consistently selling approximately half of the state’s overall volume per the Florida Department of Health. To support the state’s rapidly growing patient base, there are more than 2,700 registered ordering physicians in the State of Florida.

MÜV™ Medical Cannabis Dispensary To Open In Prime Key West Location

FLORIDA:  AltMed Florida, one of the fastest growing medical cannabis companies in Florida, continues its statewide expansion with a three-day opening in Key West starting Saturday December 5, 2020 at 10am (pending final approvals) for its newest MÜV™ Medical Cannabis Dispensary.

Location: 519 Duval Street, the most popular street in Key West.

“Having MÜV on iconic Duval Street is a feather in our cap. Residents and visitors will now have access to our award-winning products and top-notch service,” said John Tipton, AltMed Florida CEO. “Being in such a high traffic destination, this newest location is a great fit for us. We’re excited about becoming part of the Key West community and building lasting relationships with our patients there.”

With millions of visitors each year, Duval Street is lined with retail shops, restaurants and nightlife hotspots like Sloppy Joe’s Bar, which is a designated National Historic Landmark. Running north to south from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, Duval Street is the epicenter of Key West’s famous party atmosphere.

The Key West MÜV is the southernmost dispensary in the continental U.S. – just around the corner from the famous Mile-0 marker and near the Southernmost Point Buoy, both bustling tourist landmarks. MÜV is also located on the same block as the popular Margaritaville Key West Restaurant.

During the opening, staggered over three-days (Dec.5-Dec.7) for crowd mitigation, all licensed Florida medical cannabis patients will receive a one-time use only, one per patient, 25 percent off their entire first purchase. Patients can order online for express pickup at muvfl.com where they will see real-time live inventory including specific strains and potencies of products.

Deemed an essential service during the pandemic, AltMed Florida has been able to expand its workforce to over 700 employees with additional teams coming onboard at each of its 17 new dispensaries this year. With higher demand for products from 28 total dispensaries, AltMed has also generated additional construction employment and staffing with the expansion of its 220,000-square-foot cultivation facility in Apollo Beach.

The newest state-of-the-art MÜV dispensary will offer an extensive selection of award-winning products including flower, pre-rolls, a wide range of vaporizer pens, metered dose inhalers, topicals, oral sprays, patent-pending encapsulation formulations in its tinctures, 72-hour transdermal patches and transdermal gels. MÜV also has one of the widest selections of concentrates for patients needing macro-dosing options.

Like AltMed Florida’s 27 other locations (Apollo Beach, Bradenton, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Clearwater, Deerfield Beach, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville/San Marco, Jacksonville Beach, Lady Lake, Lakeland, Longwood/Orlando, Lutz, North Port, downtown Orlando, Ormond Beach, Pensacola, Port St. Lucie, Sebastian, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Shalimar, Tallahassee, Tampa, Wellington and West Palm Beach) MÜV Dispensaries are designed to provide a premium experience – think Apple Store, with a modern design and expert staff that undergoes extensive training.

The MÜV brand already has a wide following in other legal medical cannabis markets, including Arizona, where it has won five Best of Arizona medical cannabis awards. MÜV products are sold exclusively in Florida at MÜV dispensaries because, unlike other states, Florida does not allow wholesale of product between license holders – only products that license holders make themselves can be sold in their dispensaries.

For more information about the new ADA-compliant MÜV Medical Cannabis Dispensary at 519 Duval Street in Key West, including hours and available MÜV products, visit muvfl.com.

Curaleaf Opens New Cannabis Dispensary In Clearwater, Florida

New Location Marks Curaleaf’s 29th Storefront in Florida and 89th Nationwide

FLORIDA: Curaleaf Holdings, a leading vertically integrated cannabis operator in the United States and one of the largest cannabis operators in Florida, announced today that it has opened a new dispensary in Clearwater, Florida, marking its 29th retail location in the state.Curaleaf Clearwater, located at 2082 Gulf to Bay Boulevard, will carry a wide range of Curaleaf and Select brand products. Select, known as America’s #1 cannabis oil brand now available in 12 states, launched earlier this month in Florida with Select Elite Live, the brand’s new enhanced live resin product, which combines high-quality THC oil and live resin high-terpene extract. The company also recently launched the first-to-market Curaleaf sublingual tablets. The Clearwater location is the first of three new medical dispensaries the company plans to open in the market this quarter.

“Curaleaf remains committed to the Florida market and its patients by providing high-quality medical cannabis products and new consumption formats that make cannabis accessible for all,” said Joe Bayern, President at Curaleaf. “We are thrilled to open Clearwater and support the health and wellness needs of more Floridians.”

Florida’s continued growth in patient registration makes it one of the nation’s fastest-growing medical cannabis markets in the country. Currently, there are over 394,000 medical patients enrolled in the Florida program – about 1.8% of the state’s population – with approximately 5,000 new patients joining each week.

In response to COVID-19, Curaleaf continues to implement new policies and procedures, including curbside services and contactless and cashless payment through approved credit and debit card services, to keep patients, customers and employees safe during this time. To see Curaleaf’s dispensary locations in Florida, please visit www.curaleaf.com/locations/#florida.

Acreage Announces Opening Of The Botanist Dispensary in Florida

NEW YORK: Acreage Holdings, one of the largest vertically integrated, multi-state operators of cannabis licenses and assets in the U.S., today announced the opening of The Botanist in Spring Hill, Florida, a suburb of Tampa.  The medical cannabis dispensary is Acreage’s first retail location in the state.

With the opening of the dispensary, located at 10520 Spring Hill Road, Acreage now owns or has management services, consulting or other agreements (including pending acquisitions) for 32 operational dispensaries in 13 states, including 14 The Botanist branded dispensaries.

Developed by Acreage, The Botanist is both a retail and product brand, deeply rooted in health and wellness, and focused on the holistic power of cannabis to help individuals live balanced lifestyles. The Botanist offers a wide selection of cannabis-derived products and features a “science meets nature” retail design reminiscent of a 19th century botanist laboratory. Offering a warm and inviting environment in which to learn about the healing properties of the cannabis plant from trained patient care specialists, the Spring Hill Botanist dispensary includes a private consultation room, The Botanist’s signature “green foliage wall,” and much more.

Cresco Labs Announces Opening Of VidaCann Dispensaries In Pensacola And Jacksonville

Cresco-Logo_BlueILLINOIS:  Cresco Labs, one of the largest vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States, today announced the opening of new VidaCann medical cannabis dispensaries in the cities of Pensacola and Jacksonville, Florida. With the opening of the new dispensaries, VidaCann now has 12 operating dispensaries throughout the state of Florida. Cresco Labs has entered into an agreement to acquire the ownership interests of VidaCann, one of the largest and most advanced providers of medical cannabis in Florida. The acquisition of VidaCann is expected to close within the next 30 to 90 days, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions including approval by the Florida Department of Health.
“Since announcing the acquisition in March, VidaCann has continued to execute on the expansion of its retail footprint,” said Cresco Labs CEO and Co-founder Charlie Bachtell. “The new dispensaries in Pensacola and Jacksonville provide a retail presence in two of the largest cities in Florida, which will improve our ability to capitalize on the very strong growth in the Florida market with more than 10,000 new patients being registered each week. Upon the closing of the acquisition, we project that Cresco Labs will have the fifth largest network of retail dispensaries in the state of Florida, which will provide us with an immediate meaningful presence in this market and an excellent platform for driving future growth. By the end of 2019, we expect to have up to 20 dispensaries operating in Florida, and that number will grow significantly in 2020 when our license converts to an unlimited number of dispensaries.”

New Dispensary Locations and Hours of Operation

Pensacola
2401 Langley Ave, Unit A
(850) 741-2895
Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., closed on Sunday

Jacksonville
5298 Sunbeam Road, Unit 6
(904) 337-0554
Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., closed on Sunday

In addition to Pensacola and Jacksonville, VidaCann operates dispensaries in Orlando, St. Petersburg, Port Charlotte, Bonita Springs, Tampa, Tallahassee, Daytona Beach, Deerfield Beach, Bradenton and Palm Bay.

With over 30 premium strains, each VidaCann dispensary offers a variety of products including flower, tinctures, capsules, vapes and concentrate syringes in a range of cannabinoid ratios from completely non-psychoactive to higher levels of THC.

 

Cresco Labs Enters Florida – Will Have Access to 65% Of The Total Addressable U.S. Cannabis Market

ILLINOIS: Cresco Labs Inc., one of the largest vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States, today announced that it is entering the Florida market through the signing of a letter agreement to acquire the ownership interests or assets of VidaCann Ltd. and/or affiliated entities, one of the largest and most advanced providers of medical cannabis in Florida.

Key Transaction Highlights and Benefits:

  • Vertically Integrated Florida License – Provides Cresco Labs a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center license to grow, process, manufacture, distribute and dispense the Company’s house of branded products in up to, currently, 30 retail medical dispensaries in the state of Florida.
  • Retail Dispensary Footprint & Rollout – VidaCann currently operates seven (7) dispensaries in the cities of Bradenton, Deerfield Beach, Holly Hill, Orlando, Palm Bay, St. Petersburg, and Tampa and expects to have 14 dispensaries open by the end of June 2019.
    • Additional dispensary locations in Tallahassee, Bonita Springs and Port Charlotte are completed and pending operational approval, and locations in Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Miami and Pensacola are currently under construction and scheduled to open by the end of June 2019.
    • VidaCann is projected to have up to 20 dispensaries by the end of 2019, while Cresco intends to further accelerate the VidaCann retail dispensary rollout. Dispensary locations are strategically located throughout the state to ensure 95% of the population of Florida is within 50 miles of a VidaCann dispensary. Delivery is available statewide to all licensed patients.
  • Operational Cultivation and Processing – A fully-operational, greenhouse cultivation facility with a state-of-the-art cGMP-certified processing and analytical lab, meeting all FDA requirements.
    • Fully operational 70,000 ft2 cultivation and processing facility is scheduled to double in size by the end of 2019 and will allow Cresco Labs to grow and manufacture its full suite of branded products for distribution across the state.
    • The greenhouse maintains more than 30 premium strains and VidaCann is the only Florida cannabis company using custom-made Italian extractors that can process over 400 pounds a day.

Management Commentary:

“Entering the Florida market is consistent with Cresco Labs strategy of entering markets with outsized demand with strong regulatory structures and is an important milestone for the Company that dramatically impacts our growth trajectory and will be accretive to our earnings in 2019,” said Cresco Labs CEO and Co-founder Charlie Bachtell. “Since relaunching its cannabis program in 2017, Florida has seen tremendous growth in patient registration and is one of the most important markets in the country. VidaCann is the perfect blend of an established operational footprint and infrastructure of professionals that will allow Cresco to execute its disciplined and strategic Florida plan expeditiously.” Bachtell added, “We look forward to welcoming all of the 100 VidaCann employees to the Cresco Labs family.”

“Matching our proven ability to execute operationally with unparalleled speed to the foundation already established by VidaCann, we expect to efficiently scale our Florida operations, immediately impact the market, and get the same high rate of market share that we have achieved in other states in which we operate. We are excited to bring the Cresco Labs’ brand of professional cannabis to the patients of Florida and to all stakeholders involved with this program,” said Cresco Labs President and Co-founder Joe Caltabiano.

Florida Market:

According to Arcview Market Research/BDS Analytics, the medical cannabis market in Florida is projected to increase to $1.7 billion by 2022 primarily based on increasing patient count – there are now currently more than 2,000 qualified ordering physicians and nearly 200,000 registered patients (upon 200,000 patients, VidaCann will have the ability to increase its dispensaries to 35) with total medical patients estimated to reach 550,000 by 2022. With a population of approximately 21 million, the Florida market will increase Cresco Labs’ total addressable consumer base to more than 140 million people.

Cresco Labs Footprint:

Upon the closing of the Transaction, Cresco Labs will have 14 production facilities and 21 retail dispensaries operating with licenses to operate a total of 51 retail dispensaries across 10 states – Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada, California, Arizona, Florida with New York, Maryland and Massachusetts pending approval. The Company’s products are currently on the shelves of over 250 dispensaries. Cresco Labs is operational in six of the seven most populated states in the country and has more than 140 million potential consumers which is 65% of the estimated total addressable US cannabis market.

Transaction Details:

The purchase consideration is approximately $120 million and will be comprised of a mix of Cresco Labs shares, which will be subject to a 6 to 12-month lock-up agreement following closing, and cash. The final purchase price and proportion of cash and stock to be determined and reflected in the definitive agreement.

Completion of due diligence and execution of a definitive transaction agreement is expected within two weeks. The Transaction is anticipated to close during the second quarter and will be subject to customary closing conditions, including approval from the CSE, the Florida Department of Health and all applicable U.S. regulatory agencies.

VidaCann has been operational since 2018 and their year-end financials have not yet been finalized.

Florida: Governor Demands Lawmakers Lift Ban On Smoked Cannabis

1200px-Seal_of_Florida.svgFLORIDA: Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis last week told lawmakers to lift a legislatively imposed prohibition on the inhalation of medical cannabis.

Lawmakers imposed the ban in 2017 in response to the passage of a voter-approved constitutional amendment legalizing the use and dispensing of medical cannabis. The ban prohibits registered patients from possessing marijuana “in a form for smoking” and bars the use of herbal cannabis except in instances where it is contained “in a sealed tamper-proof receptacle for vaping.” The 2016 constitutional amendment contained no such restrictions.

Governor DeSantis said that he opposed the legislature’s changes because they amended the law in a manner that was “not in accordance with what the amendment envisioned.”

In May, a Florida Circuit Court judge ruled that the ban was unconstitutional. That decision was appealed by the administration of former Gov. Rick Scott. By contrast, Gov. DeSantis says that he will drop the appeal. Legislation was filed on Friday, SB 372, to permit patients to possess and inhale herbal cannabis preparations.

NORML has long argued against limitations on the inhalation of herbal cannabis, opining that inhalation provides patients with the ability to self-titrate their dose and is associated with the rapid and consistent onset of drug effect.


For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.

 

420MEDIA Trailblazers In Cannabis: Scheril Murray Powell, Esq., President of Green Sustainable Strong

trailblazers in cannabisDigital marketing agency 420MEDIA and the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) have joined forces to create a series highlighting entrepreneurs trailblazing the cannabis scene. Each week, we’ll profile a noteworthy business pioneer, and ask each 5 questions.  This week’s featured trailblazer is Scheril Murray Powell, Esq., President of Green Sustainable Strong, LLC.

1. Tell us about your Company.

I have a number of companies that service the Agriculture and Cannabis Industry.   I am a Florida licensed Attorney and have a boutique Agricultural and Cannabis Law Firm. I also own Canna Headhunters, a Cannabis Staffing Agency and an online Cannabis Merchandising Company called Cannurban.com.   I am a shareholder with a CBD Company called R and R Naturals and we are launching an online network called R & R Naturals TV.


Scheril Murray Powell2. Why did you choose the cannabis/hemp business?

I started as a Lawyer and as I learned more about the industry, I got more ideas about opportunities to contribute to the industry in ways that line up with my strengths.   Once I started building relationships with the patient and veteran community, I knew that my entire life’s work was to prepare me for this industry and helping these people.

3. What change will your firm address in the industry? Does it address an unmet need?

I think SMP Law has a commitment and agility that is not traditionally seen in Law Practices.   I lobby from the municipality level to the Federal Level, I help legalization pass and get implemented in foreign nations, I work on applications, and match license holders with funding.  It is a very unique, and values driven firm. It is also unique that SMP Law supports both the Hemp and Marijuana sides of the business. Canna Headhunters is my personal contribution to making sure that the user base and ownership base of Cannabis mirror each other from a diversity perspective.  My gifts and apparel line, www.cannurban.com, is a silent protest to the restriction of patient access as a result of “wellness privileges.”  Finally, my Consulting Firm Green Sustainable Strong, LLC finds funding, resources, and education to farmers and industry newcomers.  My business partners Ginger McNab, Billy Rennalls, and I are committed to being catalysts for positive, progressive change in Cannabis.

Cannurban Apparel4. What has been the reaction to your product/service/technology?  

I believe that the clear good will intent comes across in our product and service design.  The industry and mainstream audience have embraced our concepts. I love the reaction that I get when I post someone that I “catch” wearing www.cannurban.com gear around the world.   There have been sightings in Amsterdam, Jamaica, and even in front of hemp houses.

5. Are there any upcoming milestones for your company?

Yes, we are looking forward to more international partnerships in 2019.  My radio show with Arby Barroso and Nasser Almulla, Cannabis Life Radio, will have an expanded footprint and content. Green Sustainable Strong is planning a National Tour introducing farmers to hemp as a diversification crop.   The cannurban.com line will expand to have true luxury gifts for the holidays and Valentine’s Day. Finally, we plan to launch the Green Sustainable Strong Marketplace by April on 2019. The Canna Headhunters website will be completely transformed and more intuitive during December of 2018.  Finally, as a member of the University of Florida Hemp Pilot Program, I am really looking forward to hemp being grown in Florida.

Where can readers learn more?  

You can learn more by following me on Facebook, Instagram, subscribing to the Scheril Murray Powell YouTube  page, and going on www.cannurban.com to see our new products.

Surterra’s Beau Wrigley, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Create New Medical Marijuana Brand Coral Reefer

GEORGIA:   Surterra Wellness, a leading medical cannabis company, has announced a landmark global licensing deal to create a new medical marijuana brand, Coral Reefer. The new venture between Surterra and Coral Reefer will develop and market medical and therapeutic cannabis products, merchandise and a broad range of wellness lifestyle products under the Coral Reefer brand – the namesake of Jimmy Buffett’s world-famous band.

Coral Reefer products will be distributed exclusively through Surterra’s rapidly growing network of stores.

“Finally, ‘the time has come,’ as the Walrus said,” Buffett said. “That time being the long overdue recognition of the numerous healing properties of cannabis. I have followed and studied with keen intensity the recent evolvement of the medical marijuana story and the path towards the simple common-sense conclusion that cannabis is good medicine and should be made available to all who need it. I feel that joining with Surterra, in the medical cannabis world, is the right place for Coral Reefer products to be.”

Buffett’s business partner and Coral Reefer CEO John Cohlan said: “Our brands are about quality and improving people’s lives. We based our decision to work with Surterra in this new industry on the professionalism of its world-class management and commitment to quality and customer service. Surterra shares our vision of creating a cannabis wellness lifestyle brand that improves the health of millions of people around the world.”

“Obviously, with Beau Wrigley as chairman, Surterra possesses an understanding and capability for developing and honoring iconic brands,” Cohlan said.

The Coral Reefer licensing agreement comes one month after Wrigley, the former chairman and CEO of the family-founded gum and confections company, joined the Georgia-based medical cannabis company as board chairman. Wychwood Asset Management, Wrigley’s investment arm in West Palm Beach, Fla., recently led Surterra’s $65 million series C equity fundraising round, bringing the total capital raised to more than $100 million since 2015.

“Jimmy and the Margaritaville team have built premium brands that are widely admired and recognized around the world,” Wrigley said. “They share a long-term commitment to consumers and quality that we espouse at Surterra and together we have the infrastructure and capital to support fast growing, high-quality brands. We are thrilled to be partnering with them.”

After launching in Florida in 2019, Surterra plans to expand into additional states, with details to be released early next year.

Jake Bergmann, Surterra’s CEO, said, “This strategic partnership delivers on Surterra’s commitment to quality, integrity and building brands that consumers can trust. Our team at Surterra has established a reputation as thought leaders in this new industry, and our strategy will continue to lead with innovation, building a world-class portfolio of brands and products and expanding our business into multiple state and international markets.”

Commenting on the changing social views on cannabis, Wrigley said, “medical marijuana is a wonderful, natural product that helps people all over the world improve their health and well-being.”

The Blinc Group Enters Into Exclusive Distribution Agreement With Headies For Florida

Headies will have exclusive access to Puffmen’s portfolio for Florida

NEW YORK: The Blinc Group today announced that its customer in the vaping distribution industry, Headies Smoke Shops, has signed an agreement with Puffmen, to be the exclusive distributor in the State of Florida for its nicotine and cannabis vaping portfolio. Recognized as one of a top 10 retail smoke shop operator in Florida, as well as one of Florida’s fastest growing distributors, Headies has an in depth understanding of the local markets through actively connecting vapers with high-end innovative products for the past 4 years.

The Blinc Group enters into exclusive distribution agreement with Headies for Florida

The Blinc Group enters into exclusive distribution agreement with Headies for Florida

Access to the quality, depth and innovation of the remarkable vapor products represented by Puffmen, enables us to elevate our overall offering and position on the Florida market. We enter this partnership with absolute certainty in its’ success and back up this statement with a significant 7 figure commitment to The Blinc Group,” said Roberto Tolentino, CEO of Headies Smoke Shops.

“As adoption of vaping technology scales within the cannabis industry, the need for on the ground support and face to face education is an imperative to guiding and improving the end user experience. That is why Puffmen is constantly on the lookout for up and coming players across all local markets and Headies certainly is a bright star when it comes to the State of Florida. We’re committed to supporting Headies in this undertaking and look forward to many years of successful growth together,” said Sasha Aksenov, CEO, The Blinc Group.