DAYTONA BEACH — Medical marijuana patients in Florida soon could have another outlet for treatment in the burgeoning medical-cannabis industry.
And it just might be the largest in the state.
Trulieve, Inc., Florida’s largest medical-cannabis firm, has leased a 6,060-square foot building on West International Speedway Boulevard with plans to transform it into what would be the state’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, according to the Realtor who negotiated the deal.
NAI Realvest | Charles Wayne Commercial recently closed on a long-term lease with multiple options for contract extensions for the building at 812 W. International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach, according to Brad Gifford, one of the company’s associates.
The building, along International Speedway Boulevard near Bethune-Cookman University, had formerly housed a Buddy’s Home Furnishings store, Gifford said.
Trulieve is the largest of 22 licensed operators of medical marijuana treatment centers in Florida, according to the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use. Of the 123 licensed dispensing locations statewide, Trulieve currently operates 28, including one in Edgewater in Volusia County and another in Palm Coast in Flagler County.
The state’s three leading providers also include Curaleaf, with 24 locations, and Surterra Wellness, with 23. Surterra has locations in Deltona and Port Orange.
Curaleaf has a location in Daytona Beach, at 910 W. International Speedway Blvd., just a block away from the planned Trulieve dispensary.
Trulieve officials couldn’t be reached for comment about a potential opening date or other details by email or phone at the company’s Edgewater location or at the company’s headquarters in Quincy, about 25 miles west of Tallahassee.
There, the company maintains 514,450 square feet of cultivation space, part of an operation that employs more than 1,500 workers statewide at dispensaries in cities from Miami to Pensacola.
The company’s website, Trulieve.com, offers an array of cannabis varieties with splashy names ranging from Sativa Super Silver Haze to Gorilla Grapes, that patients can ingest in vape pen cartridges, tincture droplet bottles and vaporizer cups.
Trulieve, Curaleaf and Surterra received medical marijuana licenses in 2015 after state lawmakers legalized low-THC marijuana for a limited number of patients. The operators were later authorized to grow full-strength marijuana, following the passage of a constitutional amendment.
In March, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law that lifted a ban on the sale of smokable medical marijuana by licensed dispensaries.
Under the law, patients can purchase up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for smoking every 35 days and have a total of four ounces in their possession at any time, if doctors deem it a proper treatment.