Brevard's first medical marijuana dispensary opens in Palm Bay


The first medical marijuana dispensary, Curaleaf, has opened in Brevard on Palm Bay Road. Malcolm Denemark, FLORIDA TODAY

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Dispensary associates Lee Ramsey, Paul Weintraub and Ashley Falto at the counter in Curaleaf, the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Brevard. The dispensary opened Wednesday with a soft opening and a grand opening Thursday. The dispensary, on Palm Bay Road, had more than 50 customers by mid- afternoon Thursday. (Photo: MALCOLM DENEMARK/FLORIDA TODAY)Buy Photo


Brevard County’s first medical marijuana dispensary officially opened in Palm Bay on  Thursday. 

And, thanks to word-of-mouth, Curaleaf was already a popular place even before its mid-afternoon ribbon-cutting event.

More than 50 people, carrying medical marijuana cards, ventured into Curaleaf to purchase products ranging from capsules to oils to flowers.

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Welcome to a new world of pain treatment on the Space Coast, where eligible patients have a new way of relieving everything from nausea and chronic pain to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Prior to the opening of Curaleaf at 1420 Palm Bay Road NE, the nearest medical marijuana dispensaries to Brevard were in Vero to the south in Indian River County and Edgewater to the north in Volusia County. 

“It’s very important to the residents due to the fact that many of them that suffer from the conditions that can be treated by medical marijuana have to drive many hours to pick up their orders,” said Michelle Terrell, director of sales and marketing for Curaleaf.

“This was a location that we definitely saw that needed a lot of attention,” she said.

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A vaporizer capable of doing flower or oil. Curaleaf, the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Brevard, opened Wednesday

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