Trulieve forms partnership to bring medical marijuana edibles to Florida


Award-winning, cannabis-infused eats could be coming soon to medical marijuana patients in Florida.

Trulieve, a Quincy-based medical marijuana provider, announced on Wednesday that it has partnered with Bhang, which boasts the “most-awarded line of cannabis chocolate bars on the planet,” according to the company.

“We continue to look for partnerships that will benefit our patients and continue to provide relief in a safe, dependable manner,” said Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers. “As an international, award-winning brand and customer favorite, Bhang’s flavorful, consistent, and reliable products will truly enhance what we can offer to our patients.”

The Bhang products are pending approval from the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use.

There’s no guarantee the regulatory office will approve the products, according to Trulieve. Nor is there an estimated timeline. Edible products, while permitted by state law, are not yet available in Florida because regulations have not been finalized

If permitted, however, Florida would join a list of other states offering Bhang’s edible products.

The company, headed by professional chef and master chocolatier Scott Van Rixel, already has expanded to California, New Mexico and Michigan, and is currently in the process of setting up online sales in Illinois, Canada and Germany. It also expects to expand to Puerto Rico, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland through 2019.

The partnership would make Trulieve the exclusive seller of the company’s line of edibles in the Sunshine State. 

“Trulieve is an outstanding cannabis company with extensive knowledge, resources, and passion in everything they do and we believe that this partnership will be a great fit for Bhang in Florida,” Van Rixel said.

Citing research conducted by BDS Analytics and The Arcview Group, Trulieve believes the more than 150,000 registered medical marijuana patients will nearly triple by 2020.

Danny McAuliffe

Danny McAuliffe is a Tallahassee correspondent for Florida Politics. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he served as the editor of the FSView & Florida Flambeau. He is a lifelong Floridian and indulges in swimming, hiking, running and memes when the news cycle permits. Reach him at [email protected]


  • Linda

    September 5, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Hope this can be approved. I personally find edibles more comforting and soothing than direct inhale or Vape. But drops are so nasty. It will be nice to try some real food edibles . AS long as dosages and milligrams can be very consistent. Good luck in FL.

    • Kim

      September 6, 2018 at 9:26 am

      I use Trulieve dispensary. They sell a Truclear syringe with 850 mg THC. I ise that with 1 & 3/4 cup candy morsels mix well and put in candy mold. Count the candy and divide into 850. to get mg for each pc.

  • Gaston Mckillop

    September 6, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Trulieve recently filed a lawsuit challenging the ban more than 30 dispensaries.

  • Mark

    September 6, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Before adding any new product to your line, you should work on consistent availability of entourage cups in all your stores.

    You say you are a Cannabis company, yet you have none. THC oil, while helpful for some, is a waste of time for many that only benefit from a full spectrum product.

    I invested a LOT of money when I made the decision to become totally legal with my treatment choice.

    Lack of availability (no need to give reasons) drives patients to the alternative market. Do that enough and they won’t be back.

    • Eduard

      September 6, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      They have shatter now which is more full spectrum. I agree the distillate isn’t the same high I’ve been smoking bud for years now.

      Curaleaf also has CO2 syringes but idk if they add the terpenes back in like the distillate

    • Wanda

      September 6, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      So agree with your comment, lack of availability! Is it a set up to increase prices due to high demand???

  • Dennis miller

    September 6, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Will they be making in florida? I am a retired chef been on disability but am wanting to try to go back to work. I am a patient and have been making edibles myself. I graduated from California Culinary Academy in 2000 and learned how to make at my dispensary years ago. I like brownies and such but focusing on healthy options.

  • Richie loadenthal

    September 7, 2018 at 9:01 am

    When will true life carry medical majiuna. I ice indica strain for ptsd an pain an sleeping.

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