Medical marijuana industry booming in Florida during COVID-19 pandemic

Since Florida confirmed its first COVID-19 cases early last month, people are getting more things delivered, including medical marijuana

TAMPA, Fla. — Since Florida confirmed its first COVID-19 cases early last month, people are getting more things delivered, from groceries to food, to mixed cocktails to go.

And more and more Floridians are having medical marijuana delivered straight to their homes.

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.

The number of medical marijuana card holders in Florida has also grown by nearly 30,000 people since mid-January.

That’s a rate of about 300 new patients a day.

“Without a doubt, within the last four to six weeks obviously we’ve really taken off,” said Peyton Moseley.

He is the Vice President of Development for Vidacann, which operates dispensaries throughout Florida.

Moseley says his company is keeping customers and employees safe by offering no-contact curbside service, which was approved by the state on a temporary basis last month.

“We’ve dedicated several parking spots in front of our stores where our employees will come out to your car,” Moseley said.

Moseley says his delivery drivers also limit direct contact with customers.

“The patient comes out and they just hold their state ID next to their face, and we take a photo so we can use that as a signature,” he said.

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