ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The so-named “Apple Retailer of Weed Shops,” Los Angeles-primarily based MedMen, will celebrate the grand opening of its very first Bay Region healthcare marijuana dispensary in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

  • Second MedMen retailer in Florida
  • Organization plans to have 12 Florida shops by finish of year
  • Organization supports Make It Legal Florida initiative

“We’re in downtown St. Petersburg supplying access to protected, regulated cannabis to St. Petersburg residents and definitely the Tampa Bay location,” stated Nick Hansen, MedMen’s V.P. of Government Affairs. “We are recognized for our vibrant red. You can not miss us if you come by our retailer.”  

The shiny, vibrant red retailer that resembles a jewel box is positioned at 326 5th Avenue North and appears extra like an Apple retailer inside the developing.

That is mainly because MedMen made use of the similar designer as Apple to provide clients a higher tech deluxe service. 

“We definitely take a lot of pride in our aesthetics,” stated Hansen. “We want you to stroll in and have that retail practical experience. Truly, the founding of MedMen was bringing cannabis out of sort of that back alley for individuals.”

Sufferers can use iPads to scroll via the selection or items that are accessible for sale, such as flowers, oil, tablets, patches and creams. Hansen stated edibles are not but supplied in Florida mainly because the guidelines for that item are nevertheless becoming written. 

The brands supplied are MedMen, LuxLyte and [statemade].

“For our individuals, mainly they want to see that they have a number of selections, mainly because not all cannabis is created the similar. In truth, none of it is,” Hansen stated. “Formulations are proprietary, as properly as our strain, so, we commit a lot of time supplying a lot of varieties for our individuals.”

Help for legalizing marijuana

MedMen supports the legalization of marijuana in Florida and is backing that initiative via the political committee Make It Legal Florida, which is gathering signatures for the 2020 ballot.

“You want 766,200 signatures by February 1 and we’re on track to make the ballot,” stated Hansen. “We’re excited about that. We have people across the state, just about 500 persons collecting petitions just about every day.”

The proposed constitutional amendment would legalize the possession of up to two.five ounces for adults 21 and older that need to be bought from a Health-related Marijuana Remedy Center. 

“A super majority of Floridians want access to protected and regulated cannabis for adults,” stated Hansen. “We’re just content to be a component of that movement.”

Beneath the proposed constitutional amendment, increasing marijuana at household would nevertheless be illegal, which upsets some advocates. Hansen stated they left “home grow” off the ballot language mainly because it tends to make the amendment extra most likely to pass.

“The shorter the ballot, the much better accomplishment you have at passing,” he stated. “Home develop was just not some thing we felt we could get each by the Supreme Court and that 60-% of Floridians would assistance.”

Hansen believes household develop will be a future step in the movement.

The St. Pete place is household to the second MedMen retailer in Florida. The very first retailer opened in West Palm Beach.

Hansen stated the business plans to have a dozen MedMen shops open across Florida by the finish of the year.