What can I buy at a Florida dispensary?
This is not Snoop Dogg’s CVS. You’re not rolling in armed with your prescription and picking up an ounce of bud like it’s Seattle, and you’re on your lunch break. Hell, you’re not even picking up a package of minty-delicious brownies like in some other medicinally-legal states. What you’re getting now are extracts, oils, and tinctures. Rules on edibles are coming at some point, but the Department of Health is moving about as quickly on this as a hurried Jay Cutler, so don’t hold your breath. The rules on flowers (bud) may change too, according to Berke. But for now, you can’t buy anything smokable at a Florida dispensary in any kind of quantity.
Will insurance pay for medical marijuana?
Nope. And neither will Medicare or Medicaid. Straight cash, homie. Or maybe a credit card if you want to rack up some frequent flier miles.
Can I open a dispensary?
You cannot. OK, technically, yes you can, but technically you can also play point guard for the Heat. And that might actually be more likely.
When the law first passed, the state mandated that anyone selling medicinal marijuana had to run the entire process, from growing and extracting to selling. And the whole vertically-integrated shebang fell under one license. Guess how many licenses were allotted in the third-most populous state in the country? Seven. And to prevent hucksters from coming down to Florida and immediately becoming farmers, the state also said applicants had to be in business for 30 YEARS to qualify.
That part of the law was struck down when a group of black farmers sued, and since then the state has expanded its licenses to a whopping 12. They were supposed to assign five more in October but that still hasn’t happened. The number of licenses will increase again once the state registry reaches 100,000 people; it just passed 70,000 last month.
The licenses have become hugely valuable, one recently selling to a Canadian company for just under $50 million. If you don’t have that kind of cash, Berke says you’re SOL in the pot game. “This is not a mom-and-pop industry,” he said. “It’s all Wall Street money and public companies with billion-dollar valuations entering the market now. Everyone else has missed the boat.”
Am I allowed to grow my own medical marijuana?
Not unless you’ve got $50 million and a state license.