Palm Beach County’s first medical marijuana dispensary is now open for business.
At noon Tuesday, Knox Medical opened the center at 1 South Dixie Highway in Lake Worth, across the street from Lake Worth City Hall.
The dispensary occupies a former bank building in downtown Lake Worth, and the interior resembles a dentist or doctor’s office. Patients check in at the foyer and then can proceed to a room with glass display cases showcasing Knox Medical’s products.
Knox Medical CEO Jose Javier Hidalgo said the new dispensary will improve access to medical cannabis for everyone in South Florida.
“What I am excited for this area is we are going to begin delivery from this dispensary to throughout South Florida,” he said. “That’s going to shorten the delivery times.”
No dispensaries have been approved for Broward County. Three are open in Miami-Dade.
Federal law doesn’t allow marijuana to be sent through the mail, but dispensaries offer a courier service for qualified patients. The company delivers the product from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys.
Knox Medical offers it products in vials — not from jars of marijuana buds commonly associated with pot dispensaries. Florida regulations don’t allow the combustion, or smoking, of any kind of marijuana. Patients can purchase drops that are put under the tongue or cartridges that can be used in a vape pen.
A vile of 300 milligrams of the medicine costs $45, while 600 milligrams runs about $90.
Steve Buchholz, 57, of Lake Worth, was waiting to pick up his supply of medical cannabis.