click image Medical cannabis provider Surterra Wellness is opening a marijuana dispensary near downtown Orlando this Thursday.
Surterra will debut its Orlando Wellness Center on April 19 at 2 p.m. The dispensary is located in the SoDo District at 1743 S. Orange Ave., about a block north of Kaley Street.
Surterra’s products include transdermal patches, vape pens, oils, lotions and sprays. The Orlando dispensary will feature a kitchen and garden. Visitors don’t have to show identification to get into the dispensary, says Monica Russell, a spokesperson for the company. Surterra also provides statewide delivery and has five other locations in Florida.
“It’s been described by many as feeling more like a medical spa, very clean and inviting,” Russell says. “But we wanted it to feel more like a home. Anyone can walk in – people who are patients, prospective patients, even people who want to learn more or are against it.”
Russell says the medical marijuana dispensary will also includes a space where local community organizations can meet, like a cancer survivor support group or doctors interested in knowing more about cannabis.
“The idea is to remove the stigma,” Russell says. “We want it to be a place where people feel comfortable taking a child or elder parent or anyone in between.”
click to enlarge Last month, the medical marijuana provider filed a lawsuit against the City of Orlando after it was told by city staff that it wouldn’t be able to operate at its current location because of its proximity to a residential neighborhood.
“Surterra has spent a significant amount of money on building and other expenses in preparation for opening a (medical marijuana treatment center) at that location,” the lawsuit, filed in Orange County Circuit Court, said. “Surterra is losing thousands of dollars per day that this location sits empty.”
The Orlando City