Wilton Manors doesn’t have a marijuana dispensary yet, but the city does have its first marijuana doctor office.
Green Health – Marijuana Doctors, 1749 NE 26 St., opened March 1.
“We like the small town vibe and community of Wilton Manors. We felt this service would be a great addition to the community. We have gotten overwhelming support,” wrote Green Health representative Doug Waun in an email.
The company also has offices in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, St. Petersburg, and Tallahassee.
According to Roberta Moore, Community Development Services director, it’s the only marijuana doctor office open in the city. Because only prescriptions are issued and no medication is given out on the premises, Green Health is classified as a professional medical office and is located near other medical offices, including a chiropractor and a dentist.
Waun estimates the office’s one doctor has seen 150 patients as of March 30. Another will be joining the staff on May 1. To prescribe medical marijuana, physicians have to complete an eight-hour CME Medical Cannabis course provided by the Florida Medical Association.
“We see people from all walks of life. Patients battling cancer, patients with epilepsy and other seizure disorders, PTSD, chronic pain and a fair amount of terminal patients looking for end of life care and relief,” Waun wrote.
In August, the city commission voted to allow dispensaries to open in the city but placed restrictions on where they could be located. This was done in anticipation of the expanded use of medical marijuana throughout the state.
“These are coming and you need to zone them before you can’t control where they’re located,” said Mayor Gary Resnick in August.