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Florida’s weed market is the second-fastest growing (economically) in the nation

By: - August 16, 2019 3:40 pm
marijuana plant

Marijuana plant

We’re No. 2 when it comes to the medical marijuana market.

A new report from the Marijuana Business Daily shows Florida has the second fastest growing market among the 36 states that allow medical marijuana. Florida is adding some 609 new patients a day, trailing only Oklahoma, which is adding 641 patients, the report shows.

Florida will see continued growth in patients seeking to use cannabis to treat their illnesses because of the state’s recent approval of the sale of smokable flower products and the continued expansion of dispensaries, the report shows. Florida currently has 150 dispensaries, according to the state Office of Medical Marijuana Use.

Patients on Florida’s registry represent 1.6 percent of the state’s population, the report shows. In comparison, Oklahoma leads the top 10 states allowing medical marijuana with 4.1 percent of its population qualified to receive cannabis.

The report attributes Oklahoma’s fast-growing medical marijuana market to the ease in which patients can qualify for the treatment, “including the fact there’s no list of qualifying conditions for patients.” In Florida, patients must have a qualifying illness, such as cancer or chronic pain, and be certified by a physician.

As of Aug. 9, Florida had 253,652 active medical-marijuana cards and 341,668 patients in its registry, according to the state Office of Medical Marijuana Use.

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Lloyd Dunkelberger
Lloyd Dunkelberger

Lloyd Dunkelberger has been covering Florida government for over three decades. He’s reported and edited in Tallahassee for the New York Times Regional Newspapers group, Florida Politics, and the News Service of Florida. He grew up in Jacksonville and Palm Beach County and got his journalism degree at the University of Florida.