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Yes, medical marijuana is ‘essential’

Yes, medical marijuana is ‘essential’

After Gov. Rick DeSantis issued a “safer-at-home” order for Florida, people were left questioning which businesses would be considered essential. The uncertainty led many local medical marijuana dispensaries to see an uptick in sales, as patients scrambled to stock up on their medicine. Vinit Patel, regional dispensary operations manager of Curaleaf, said the dispensary, which

After Gov. Rick DeSantis issued a “safer-at-home” order for Florida, people were left questioning which businesses would be considered essential.

The uncertainty led many local medical marijuana dispensaries to see an uptick in sales, as patients scrambled to stock up on their medicine.

Vinit Patel, regional dispensary operations manager of Curaleaf, said the dispensary, which has a location in Port Charlotte, saw a spike in orders over a month ago, after DeSantis issued the order.

“There was a quick shoot up in orders, because people were expecting to be locked up at home for awhile,” Patel said. “People were trying to get as much medicine as they could.”

He said as more news came out, and more influence on staying at home and limiting exposure, Curaleaf came back to a baseline of sales that they’re familiar with.

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