Knox Medical Opens MMJ Dispensary Across From Lake Worth's City Hall

Lake Worth will be the first city in Palm Beach County to allow the much anticipated and much needed medical marijuana dispensary this Tuesday. Lake Worth has been asking for a medical marijuana dispensary for some time now and Knox Medical answered their prayers.

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The first medical marijuana dispensary in Palm Beach County will open Tuesday in what used to be a bank.Knox Medical will open at noon Tuesday at 1 South Dixie Highway in Lake Worth, across the street from Lake Worth City Hall. “We are very excited to open in Lake Worth and to serve the patient community that has asked for our presence for a very long time,” said José Hidalgo, founder of Knox, one of the 10 companies licensed in Florida to provide medical marijuana.

Three-fourths of Florida voters in 2016 agreed that people with certain medical conditions should be allowed to use marijuana to alleviate their suffering. No dispensaries have opened in Broward County yet. And seven Broward County municipalities have banned pot shops or put moratoriums on them opening. Boca Raton banned the pot shops in October, but city commissions in Deerfield Beach and Boynton Beach have agreed to allow them.

John Nesbit, who runs a retail business on Dixie Highway in the dispensary’s vicinity in Lake Worth, is all for it. Marijuana “is a lot better than the opiates they’ve been prescribing for the last 10 years,” Nesbit said. “They are doing crazy things to get these [opiate] drugs. You don’t see that with marijuana.”

Knox Medical opened its first Florida marijuana retail outlet in Gainesville in May and others in Orlando, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville. But the company delivers the product from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys, according to company spokesman Scott Klenet. Three marijuana centers have been allowed in Miami-Dade County, one in Kendall and two in Miami. The dispensaries are a cash-only business. More than 1,000 doctors are registered to recommend medical marijuana. But its illegality on the federal level makes it more complicated than simply prescribing it.

Those who qualify to have it recommended include those with cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis or "other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class, " per the amendment's language. Klenet said the retail outlets will offer drops that are put under the tongue, or vapor cartridges. Patients can buy 300 milligrams of the medicine for $45 or 600 milligrams for $90.