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Medical marijuana company to bring pot-infused edibles to Florida

Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel on

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Medical marijuana company Trulieve is partnering with Colorado company Love's Oven to bring cannabis-infused edibles to Florida, Trulieve announced Monday.

The state's medical marijuana dispensaries have a wide variety of products, but not edibles. Florida law doesn't permit the state's licensed companies to produce edibles. Trulieve has to seek Florida regulatory approvals to sell the edibles at its dispensaries.

But there are no rules in place for edible sales in Florida, says Department of Health spokesman Brad Dalton. "There is no mechanism for any (medical marijuana treatment clinic) to lawfully apply for or produce edibles right now," he said.

Trulieve said it won't sell any edibles until there is regulatory approval. Spokeswoman Victoria Walker said its agreements for edibles are in preparation for that approval, "so patients can have access to them quickly once approvals have been acquired."

In January, Trulieve struck a deal with Colorado-based Binske to sell its edibles in its Florida stores.

Walker said Trulieve stores hope to be offering cannabis-infused chocolate bars, pate de fruit, cookies and other edibles at its dispensaries.

In South Florida, Trulieve has six dispensaries: 1324 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach; 1534 SW Eighth St., Boynton Beach; 458 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach; 520 Stirling Road, Dania Beach; 9600 SW 77th Ave., Kendall; and 4020 Northwest 26th St., Miami.

Trulieve stores in the state currently offer vaporizers, ground flower for vaporizing, tinctures, topical creams, concentrates, both in-store and through delivery.

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Love's Oven edibles include caramels, cookies, brownies, baklava and crackers, according to its website. The family-owned company has been growing its product line for more than 10 years, expanding to include cannabis-infused baked goods, beverages and concentrates, or a more purified and potent form of cannabis.

Trulieve said its contract with Love's Oven for edibles is exclusive to its Florida dispensaries.

Florida has more than 180,000 patients with registered for medical marijuana use, according to Feb. 1 data from state. Medical marijuana was legalized in the state in 2016. Both medical and recreational marijuana remain illegal under federal law.

For a list of physicians who have completed the state's medical marijuana training and can enroll a patient on Florida's registry, go to floridahealth.gov.

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