Convenience store chain Circle K has entered an agreement with cannabis grower and distributor Green Thumb Industries to open medical marijuana outlets in retail space adjacent to Circle K stores in Florida.
Green Thumb, owner of Rise Dispensaries, will supply the weed to the gas-station outlets from its new 28-acre cultivation facility in Ocala, FL. The pot farm is scheduled to open at the end of this year.
Green Thumb will lease space adjacent to Circle K stores for its new Rise Express outlets, which will offer the company’s brand-named RHYTHM cannabis flower, Dogwalkers pre-rolls, Incredible gummies and Shine vapes for medical use.
The companies said Ryan Express will roll out the venture in 2023 with a pilot program involving 10 of Circle K’s 600 Florida convenience store locations.
According to the partners, the Rise Express outlets will be next door to Circle K stores but will have a separate entrance and cannot be entered from inside the Circle K shops—a setup similar to that deployed by Publix super markets and Publix Liquor stores.
“To be clear, Circle K is not selling cannabis in its US stores,” a Circle K spokesperson told CBS MoneyWatch.
To be clear, Circle K is not selling weed in its US stores. It’s exclusively leasing part of its property to a cannabis grower to sell weed in outlets adjacent to Circle K convenience stores—with separate entrances—so regular Circle K customers can have easy access to the weed they need for medical…