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Florida Approves Sale Of Edible Cannabis Products

Florida's regulators have finalized regulations that will enable the sale of edible cannabis products in the state.

The Florida Department of Health said that effective August 27, 2020, edibles as a route of administration is available to qualified medical cannabis patients. If a physician agrees that edibles is an appropriate route of administration, he can add edibles to a qualified patient's already-existing certification, the health department said.

According to the regulations, edibles must be in geometric shapes and can be in the form of lozenges, gelatins, baked goods, chocolates or drink powders. However, the edibles must not contain any color additives and must also not bear a reasonable resemblance to commercially available candy.

The new edible rules are expected to boost medical marijuana sales in Florida.

In response to the new rules, medical cannabis company Trulieve Cannabis said it will soon begin offering edible cannabis products to patients in Florida. The company said it will introduce THC edibles in its medical cannabis dispensaries across the state, expanding patient access to the types of products they have been requesting for years.

"Similar to what we saw when flower was introduced in 2019, we expect that edibles will contribute to a sizable share of overall sales. We know the demand is there, as we have been hearing from our customers for some time now," said Kim Rivers, CEO of Trulieve.

Trulieve said it has been preparing for the edibles rollout and has built a 10,000 square feet commercial-grade kitchen at its production facility in Quincy, Florida, where its production team will produce initial products as well as test and develop new offerings.

In addition to its branded product line, Trulieve has partnered with specialty edible brand partners Binske, Bhang, District Edibles and Love's Oven to expand its edible offerings to include cookies, brownies, and other products for its customers. The company has 57 medical marijuana dispensaries in Florida.

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