Local firm AltMed and major distributor Trulieve have begun the months-long application process.
Zach Murdock Staff Writer @zach_murdock
SARASOTA COUNTY — Two medical marijuana firms have applied to open dispensaries in unincorporated Sarasota County.
Sarasota-based AltMed has proposed a dispensary at Fruitville and Richardson roads and major distributor Trulieve has proposed one at Jacaranda Boulevard and Center Road.
Both sites fall just outside the city limits of Sarasota and Venice, respectively — the municipalities have banned such establishments, for now — and are the first applications made under the county’s special exception process for reviewing dispensaries since voters overwhelmingly approved expanding medical marijuana under Amendment 2 last year.
Both companies applied just a few days apart this month and both held initial meetings with county planning staff last week, setting into a motion a months-long review process that will include a series of public hearings.
As local rules continue to shift, the applications will be an interesting test of the “misconceptions” about medical marijuana and a barometer for how it is established for the first time in Sarasota County, said