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Crystal River is getting a medical marijuana dispensary.

It will be located at 600 SE U.S. 19 in Crystal River, inside the former Lowman Law Firm building next to CVS.

Assistant City Manager Brown “Jack” Dumas III said Trulieve has its building permit and interior renovations have begun. The business license has not yet been granted because the city needs additional information, he said.

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Trulieve sells products to alleviate seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms, pain, nausea, loss of appetite, and other symptoms associated with serious medical conditions such as cancer, according to its website. 

Its low-THC/CBD products are available for patients who need non-euphoric care. THC is the psychoactive chemical that, at higher levels, defines marijuana.

Trulieve officials could not be reached for comment. The closest Trulieve is in Brooksville and opened in 2020.

Trulieve’s website said the dispensaries sell high-quality medicinal THC and CBD cannabis products. The dispensary provides such items as smokable flowers, tinctures, chocolate and gel edibles, capsules and other medical marijuana products. 

Trulieve has more than 80 dispensaries nationwide. Its plants are hand-grown in a facility with a controlled environment.

Crystal River Administrator Ken Frink said a medical marijuana dispensary is a permitted use in the city because it is a retail establishment.

He understands that Trulieve is a “high-end” medical marijuana company and there has been no pushback from residents.

“There seems to be a need for it in the community,” he said.

 

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