A Florida medical marijuana dispensary says it is not violating state law by selling cannabis that may potentially be broken down and made into bud which can be smoked.
Trulieve began selling its first whole-bloom cannabis merchandise before this week that’s meant for vaping. The buds in the vaporizer cup, however, could be be utilized in bongs, pipes or joints.
Smoking is prohibited although vaping is allowed under state law. Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said the company has issued warnings to patients the product should exclusively be used for vaping.
Department of Health spokeswoman Mara Gambinieri said the Office of Compassionate Use accepted the product but that they have been keeping a close watch on this one.
All six of Florida’s distributing organizations which are authorized to sell cannabis have vaping products. Trulieve is the first that is selling a whole-blossom merchandise. Other vaping merchandises use cannabis that’s ground up.
Medical marijuana supporters have advocated for whole-flower use due to what’s called the entourage effect, which means each of the many compounds are working jointly instead of separately.
With two months remaining until rules for medical marijuana Modification 2 are supposed to be enacted, whether or not smoking is going to be allowed remains one of several problems that needs to be sorted out by the Legislature or Department of Health.
The Legislature needs to prohibit smoking but John Morgan, the Orlando lawyer who was among the crucial figures in getting the amendment passed last November, said he would sue in the event the brand new rules didn’t permit smoking. The rules implemented in October and should be in July in place.
“For them to not allow smoking, which is the contrary of exactly what the amendment says. The only place where it says it can’t be smoked is public places,” he said.