ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The so-named “Apple Shop of Weed Shops,” Los Angeles-primarily based MedMen, will celebrate the grand opening of its initial Bay Region healthcare marijuana dispensary in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.
- Second MedMen retailer in Florida
- Business plans to have 12 Florida shops by finish of year
- Business supports Make It Legal Florida initiative
“We’re in downtown St. Petersburg supplying access to secure, regulated cannabis to St. Petersburg residents and actually the Tampa Bay location,” mentioned Nick Hansen, MedMen’s V.P. of Government Affairs. “We are identified for our vibrant red. You cannot miss us if you come by our retailer.”
The shiny, vibrant red retailer that resembles a jewel box is situated at 326 5th Avenue North and appears much more like an Apple retailer inside the constructing.
That is due to the fact MedMen made use of the very same designer as Apple to provide shoppers a higher tech deluxe service.
“We actually take a lot of pride in our aesthetics,” mentioned Hansen. “We want you to stroll in and have that retail encounter. Definitely, the founding of MedMen was bringing cannabis out of sort of that back alley for sufferers.”
Sufferers can use iPads to scroll by means of the assortment or goods that are out there for sale, such as flowers, oil, tablets, patches and creams. Hansen mentioned edibles are not however supplied in Florida due to the fact the guidelines for that item are nonetheless becoming written.
The brands supplied are MedMen, LuxLyte and [statemade].
“For our sufferers, mainly they want to see that they have various selections, due to the fact not all cannabis is produced the very same. In reality, none of it is,” Hansen mentioned. “Formulations are proprietary, as effectively as our strain, so, we commit a lot of time supplying a lot of varieties for our sufferers.”
Assistance for legalizing marijuana
MedMen supports the legalization of marijuana in Florida and is backing that initiative by means of the political committee Make It Legal Florida, which is gathering signatures for the 2020 ballot.
“You need to have 766,200 signatures by February 1 and we’re on track to make the ballot,” mentioned Hansen. “We’re excited about that. We have people across the state, nearly 500 people today collecting petitions every single day.”
The proposed constitutional amendment would legalize the possession of up to two.five ounces for adults 21 and older that will have to be bought from a Healthcare Marijuana Remedy Center.
“A super majority of Floridians want access to secure and regulated cannabis for adults,” mentioned Hansen. “We’re just pleased to be a element of that movement.”
Below the proposed constitutional amendment, expanding marijuana at residence would nonetheless be illegal, which upsets some advocates. Hansen mentioned they left “home grow” off the ballot language due to the fact it tends to make the amendment much more probably to pass.
“The shorter the ballot, the improved achievement you have at passing,” he mentioned. “Home develop was just not anything we felt we could get each by the Supreme Court and that 60-% of Floridians would assistance.”
Hansen believes residence develop will be a future step in the movement.
The St. Pete place is residence to the second MedMen retailer in Florida. The initial retailer opened in West Palm Beach.
Hansen mentioned the enterprise plans to have a dozen MedMen shops open across Florida by the finish of the year.