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Tampa medical marijuana dispensaries now selling smokable product after ban ends

Posted at 8:43 PM, Mar 22, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — Trulieve on Dale Mabry in Tampa is really busy for a Friday night.

The medical marijuana dispensary has dozens of Florida locations, and just started offering a smokable product this week. They expect it to become a bestseller.

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"Today's the first day and the parking lot is full,” said Vinnie Seudath.

This is the first time Vinnie Seudath has had to wait in line.

"Now you're going to see that wave really start to go."

Three days after Governor Ron Desantis signed a bill revoking a smokable medical marijuana ban, you could buy it at Tampa dispensaries with the proper prescription and paperwork.

"I have fibromyalgia and it's very important to me to have my medication so that I can sleep,” said Cecilia Dubrocq.

Right now, Trulieve is the only Florida company selling smokable medical marijuana but it doesn't appeal to all patients.

"I prefer the way they do it now because it's more within society. It's kind of like it doesn't smell and it's more clean. You can kind of treat yourself without making a big deal about it,” Caleb Moore told ABC Action News.

Any dispensary that elects to sell smokable cannabis must submit an application to the state and get health department approval.

"Once the rest of them get on board and can sell loose flower, the prices definitely have to come down,” said Seudath.