By Derrick Stanley
Florida's first medical marijuana clinic, Trulieve, will open its doors in Tallahassee next week.
It has taken two and a half years for the company to get to this point, and they are now ready to provide medical marijuana to patients that need it.
"We're on the cusp of a new era in the state of Florida and for the cannabis industry nationwide," said CEO Kim Rivers. "Florida is one of the largest states in the country, so I think that this really is a game-changer and a tilting point for the national conversation."
Trulieve will offer a low-THC version of marijuana to its customers, who must be listed in an official state registry to receive the drug.
Customers must consult with a qualified physician like Dr. Joseph Dorn, who's taken a comprehensive state exam to be approved to prescribe medical marijuana.
"They're not going to be for everyone, but I do feel like, in order to adequately treat some patients, that we need to kind of think outside the box," Dorn said.
President George Hackney says the drug will help many, including kids with epilepsy.
"These children have seizures - some of them as many as 100 a day, and just to talk to their parents, their life is miserable," Hackney said, "and this helps reduce the number of seizures they have."