The first medical cannabis drive-thru in Orlando, Florida opened on Thursday. The drive-thru, operated by Massachusetts-based Curaleaf.
The drive-thru window can be found at Curaleaf’s new medical cannabis dispensary at 775 N. Semoran Blvd. in East Orlando. The 3,515-square-foot dispensary had its soft opening last week.
Medical cannabis patients who are registered with the state can place their orders via phone or online with Curaleaf and then pick up their medicine. Curaleaf sells oil cartridges, flower vaporizer cartridges, vaporizers, flower pods, capsules, and topical balms. It also offers free delivery of its cannabis products anywhere in Florida.
The medical cannabis company requires first-time patients to visit their dispensary in person for a private consultation before they can pick up their medication through the drive-thru window.
Curaleaf also opened a drive-thru window at its Palm Harbor location last summer. This was the first drive-thru in Florida.
According to the company, it plans to offer educational resources, as well as discount programs for pediatric patients, senior citizens, patients on government assistance, and military veterans, at its dispensary.
Medical cannabis in Florida
Medical cannabis has been legal in Florida since 2016 pursuant to Florida Amendment 2. Amendment 2 passed during the November 8, 2016 general election, with a 71.3% vote.
Under this law, people can use medical cannabis if they have any of these qualifying conditions: cancer, HIV, AIDS, epilepsy, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain caused by a qualifying condition or any other debilitating medical condition comparable to a qualifying medical condition.
Under the state’s regulations smoking medical cannabis is not allowed. The drug can only be consumed or used as an edible, oil, spray, or pills. Vaping is also allowed. However, in May 2018, Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers ruled that Florida’s ban on smoking medical cannabis is unconstitutional. This ruling is currently under appeal.