A Florida milestone: Patient gets first home delivery of medical marijuana

Long-delayed marijuana strain delivered to first Florida patient

Long-delayed marijuana strain delivered to first Florida patient

The only medical marijuana company fully licensed in Florida said Saturday that it has made its first home delivery to a patient in Pasco County suffering from severe seizures.

Trulieve, with a distribution center in Tallahassee, announced last week that it was the first of six state licensees to be fully authorized to produce and send its non-euphoric pot oil statewide. The Pasco County patient, whose name was not made public, would have been entered into a directory and recommended by a doctor who completed a continuing medical education course on treatment with medical marijuana.

The Pasco patient suffers from dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes muscle spasms and seizures, according to Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers.

The marijuana oil is low in tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — which gives pot its psychoactive quality — but high in cannabadiol, or CBD, which research shows eases convulsions, inflammation, anxiety and nausea.

A 2014 measure approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott originally set Jan. 1, 2015 for when patients would be able to access the medical marijuana.

But delays in setting new regulations followed by lengthy legal challenges involving those seeking licenses stalled the rollout. The state’s Department of Health is still dealing with an attempt by one rejected licensee to gain entry into the potentially lucrative new Florida industry.

The 2014 law was expanded this year to allow the dispensing organizations to also grow full-strength marijuana for patients who are terminally ill. Trulieve said that more potent strain will be available for distribution next month.

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