Medicinal marijuana is a hot-button issue not just in South Florida, but across the country. Many feel that medicinal marijuana offers significant benefits to those who suffer from a variety of chronic and debilitating conditions, meaning the prospect of opening a dispensary has the chance for serious profit. Marijuana dispensaries also offer the opportunity for innovation and outside-the-box thinking. One such innovative thinker is Curaleaf, a Miami-based dispensary that recently opened a drive-thru dispensary. But, are these convenient dispensaries legal? What are the legal issues concerning drive-thru marijuana dispensaries in Miami?

The Legality of Drive-Thru Dispensaries

While the idea of a drive-thru dispensary may strike some as not only unusual, but also illegal, in reality, Curaleaf is well within their right to have such a service, provided that it obeys the laws and is secure. Curaleaf is one of the most notable names in the world of medicinal marijuana in the United States and this location, just outside of Doral, is their tenth in Miami-Dade.

marijuana dispensariesCuraleaf says their online order services are for patients with mobility issues and are available for delivery or through the drive-thru. Patients who opt to use the drive-thru must phone ahead to place their order. They can then drive up and collect their order. Because every patient requires a photo ID to pick up and order, as well as a valid prescription from a licensed doctor, and must pre-register in the medical marijuana user registry, the process is safe and secure. Additionally, security is on hand at each Curaleaf location to ensure patients and staff are safe from the potential of theft or illegal activity.  

Thinking About Opening a Dispensary in South Florida?

With the passing of Amendment 2 in November of 2016, Florida became the 26th state in the nation to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The Department of Health provides stringent rules on how marijuana treatment facilities and centers should operate, meaning if you wish to open a dispensary, it is essential that you talk with a knowledgeable and experienced medical marijuana lawyer. Things that need to consider before you can open your doors include licensing, and financial requirements (including a non-refundable $60,000 bond).

With profits for medicinal marijuana in Florida expected to top over $1.5 billion by 2021, there has never been a time to get involved in the marijuana industry than today.  If you need help opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Miami – or anywhere else in South Florida – call Piotrowski Law today.

Hire a Reputable Attorney to Help

Chad Piotrowski not only has an extensive background in representing his clients from criminal charges in Miami but also in serving the best interests of those looking to get involved in the medical marijuana industry. A former prosecutor in Miami-Dade, Chad has a thorough understanding of how prosecutors and government agencies think, allowing him to devise the best possible strategies for his clients. Call the Law Offices of Chad Piotrowski today at 1 (305) 204-5000 for your free consultation.