Liberty Health Sciences Inc., a provider of high-quality cannabis, announced today that it has received Florida Department of Health (DOH) approval to sell whole flower smokable products to patients in Florida, making it one of the first companies in the state to provide smokable medical cannabis in all of its dispensaries. The Company is awaiting DOH approval to provide pre-rolls to patients.
Patients who receive medical cannabis from their doctor will now be able to smoke the substance legally under a bill (SB 182) signed into law last week by Governor Ron DeSantis revoking a ban on smoking medical cannabis. More than 70 percent of voters approved a ballot measure in 2016 legalizing cannabis for medical use, but the Florida Legislature passed a bill a year later that banned it in smokable forms. The new law provides patients the ability to access medicine in the form their doctor determines best for them, whether it’s smoking medical cannabis or utilizing other delivery systems.
“This is truly a historic moment not only for Liberty Health Sciences but for the State of Florida,” said Victor E. Mancebo, interim Chief Executive Officer of Liberty. “Receiving DOH approval – the same week that Governor DeSantis signed SB 182 allowing patients registered under the Department of Health to smoke medical cannabis – is monumental for Liberty and its ability to offer patients an additional medicinal option. Patients in Florida have been eager for this bill to pass as there is a fundamental need for this medicine in all of its forms.”
The new law aligns with Liberty’s long-term strategy as the Company continues to expand across the state. “We are excited to provide flower-derived products to our patients as we continue to educate the Florida community on the benefits of medicinal cannabis and how the DOH has provided safety measures to properly dispense medicinal cannabis related products,” said Mancebo.
According to a survey from MJ Freeway and New Frontier Data, flowers are still the most popular way to consume cannabis with minimal processing. States that allow flower in their medical cannabis program see an increase in patients, and as flower is made available, the patient count in Florida is expected to grow more quickly. By the year 2020, Statista, a leading provider of market and consumer data, reports that medical cannabis sales in the U.S. are expected to reach between 4.9 and 6.1 billion dollars.
Liberty Health Sciences currently operates 12 dispensary locations within the state of Florida.