Ocala gets its First Medical Marijuana Dispensary, Joining 77 Others Throughout the State – HealthPosted by On



The Curaleaf Dispensary in Ocala joins 77 other medical marijuana medical dispensaries in Florida. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

Ocala’s first medical marijuana dispensary is open for business. It’s part of a growing industry in the state.

The Curaleaf Dispensary in Ocala joins 77 other medical marijuana medical dispensaries in Florida. That’s since Amendment 2 made the drug legal in the state in 2016 for certain qualifying medical conditions. Vinit Patel who owns the newly opened dispensary in Ocala is a licensed pharmacist. He says he believes more standard practices used to control pain are contributing to an opioid epidemic.

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