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Trulieve opens new medical marijuana dispensary in Clearwater

The new location is the company’s 24th in the state.

A new medical cannabis dispensary is in Clearwater as Trulieve on Monday opened a new retail facility on U.S. Highway 19 near Celebration Station.

Trulieve is the state’s first and largest medical cannabis provider. The new location is the company’s 24th in the state, including several others in the Tampa Bay area.

“Trulieve is and always has been focused on the patients it serves and is consistently working to provide a great experience when they visit our dispensaries,” Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said in a statement.

“This new, updated Clearwater location is larger, provides easier access to patients, and delivers an even more pleasant and comfortable experience to our patients. We will continue to provide patients with the same high-quality products and natural relief to which they are accustomed.”

Like other dispensaries, formally referred to as medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTCs), Trulieve offers cannabis in a variety of strengths, strains and deliveries.

Patients with a valid medical marijuana ID card can purchase cannabis concentrates, ground flower for vaporizing, tinctures, topical creams and vaporizers, among others.

In addition to its brick and mortar locations throughout the Tampa Bay region, Trulieve also offers statewide home delivery for patients who lack mobility options or abilities.

The state of Florida recently announced the number of registered medical marijuana patients had surpassed 190,000. Trulieve serves between 60 and 70 percent of that market, according to the company.

Statewide, more than 2,000 doctors have become certified to recommend cannabis to patients.

The opening comes as Florida lawmakers consider a medical marijuana bill that would expand its allowable use to smoking.

Florida had banned that form of delivery after voters approved Amendment 2 in 2014. Gov. Ron DeSantis urged the state Legislature to approve a bill that would overturn that ban.

Trulieve said that in order to continue providing safe, reliable access to medical cannabis to patients statewide, it would continue opening more retail locations as the patient registry and demand for the drug expands.

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Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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