Medical Marijuna Business Booming in Florida During Pandemic

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The cannabis business is thriving in Florida despite the COVID-19 numbers rising by the day. Many businesses have been affected negatively by the pandemic and the ongoing measures being put in place to help stop the spread of the virus. This is all according to AltMed, the parent company of MUV dispensaries, the largest cannabis dispensary in Florida.

Governor Ron DeSantis deemed medical marijuana dispensaries essential businesses and the industry has seen record sales so far this year.

On Wednesday, June 15, MUV opened its first dispensary in St. Petersburg’s EDGE district located at 1101 1st Ave. N. Todd Beckwith, AltMed’s Director of Corporate Affairs, said their biggest selling product is whole plant cannabis flowers. Many patients are opting for home deliveries of medical marijuana and say that cannabis can help alleviate the additional anxiety brought on by COVID-19.

And more and more Floridians are having medical marijuana delivered straight to their homes. About 334,000 Floridians currently have medical marijuana cards. The number of medical marijuana card holders in Florida has also grown by nearly 30,000 people since mid-January.

To qualify for treatment of medical marijuna, a qualified patient must:

  • Be a permanent or seasonal Florida resident
  • Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition by a qualified physician
  • Be entered into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry
  • Obtain a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card

To learn more about how to obtain a Medical Marijuana use Registry Identification Card, please view the Official Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card Application.

Locations of medical cannabis dispensaries in Florida via Google Maps. Photo:

Since the first coronavirus case reported in Florida seven weeks ago, marijuana sales have jumped 30 percent. According to state data, patients purchased more than a ton of medical marijuana at Florida dispensaries last week alone.

Curbside pick-up and telehealth appointments were approved only on a temporary basis, and will expire next month, unless the governor’s emergency order is extended.

People in the marijuana industry hope those new measures could become permanent, giving patients more options.