Florida's cannabis program has come a long way since voters legalized medical marijuana through a ballot initiative in 2016. Gone are the days when you had to drive out of your way to find a well-stocked weed store in South Florida.
The sticky-icky is now overflowing from the shelves of dispensaries. The options are aplenty and growing every week, from crunchy nuggets to high-potency edibles to THC-tinged tinctures. More than 550 dispensaries are spread across the state, selling some 6,000 pounds of smokeable marijuana products on a weekly basis. As of mid-April 2023, more than 800,000 Floridians had obtained their medical marijuana cards.
Though the industry has grown immensely since full-service dispensaries started opening, control of the Florida cannabis market is still largely in the hands of a few well-funded companies with billion-dollar-plus market capitalization, Trulieve chief amongst them.
Fourteen companies (not all of which, we concede, are corporate weed giants) run the herb show in South Florida.
Here's a rundown of the players — and where they're delving out the sweet dank in Miami-Dade and Broward.
Cannabist operates 14 dispensaries across Florida, but only one in Miami-Dade, in West Kendall. The brand is part of a decade-old marijuana company called Columbia Care, which does business in 16 states. The company's motto is "higher standard, higher knowledge, higher calling," and employees undergo extensive training on all things cannabis-related.
Miami: 12083 SW 117th Ave., Miami; 305-692-0317
Cookies opened its first dispensary in Florida in Miami across from Tropical Park, a spot stocked with quality cannabis and "world-class budtenders" to help out customers, the company says. In partnership with marijuana cultivator Jai Chang — the man behind the famous Girl Scout Cookies strain — the company was formed by rapper Gilbert Milam, AKA Berner, in San Francisco and has since grown into a national marijuana brand.
Miami: 8303 Bird Rd., Miami;
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While it doesn't have quite as big a presence in Florida as Trulieve, Curaleaf is the largest cannabis company in the U.S. by revenue. Having rapidly expanded in the Sunshine State, the company has nearly 60 dispensaries in Florida. The company offers a variety of marijuana products, including flower, oil, THC hybrid topical balm, and vape cartridges across multiple locations in Miami-Dade and Broward. It says it prides itself on producing the "cleanest, purest cannabis strains from hand-grown, healthy and happy plants."
Dadeland: 9002 S. Dadeland Blvd., Miami; 786-398-4494
Deerfield Beach: 148 N. Federal Hwy., Deerfield Beach; 754-212-0060
Hallandale: 2900 Country Club Ln., Hallandale Beach;
Miami Airport: 5400 NW 72nd Ave., Miami; 786-605-0844
Miami Kendall: 12125 SW 152nd St., Miami;
North Miami: 16685 NW Second Ave., Miami; 786-605-0830
South Beach: 550 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-398-4755
South Miami-Dade: 19000 SW 192nd St., Miami; 786-577-3976
Tamarac: 6899 N. University Dr., Tamarac; 954-546-9905
Three Lakes: 12125 SW 152nd St., Miami; 786-809-0375
Brian Roberts, the Flowery's head of cultivation
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Steve Garrison, who owns an almond farm in Homestead, decided to break into the medical marijuana industry after his son sustained a brain injury while serving with the U.S. military during the Iraq War. Matthew Garrison died before his dad could obtain a state license, but the Flowery’s goal remains the same: to help ease pain and suffering with cannabis. The Flowery grows its plants indoors at a 100,000-square-foot facility in Homestead. Its potent flower is available at the company’s first brick-and-mortar dispensary
on Biscayne Boulevard along North Miami’s so-called Green Mile.
Miami: 11900 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-912-2929
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A Miami-based cannabis company, Fluent
operates six dispensaries in Miami-Dade and Broward and a 43,000-square-foot greenhouse cultivation facility in Homestead. It offers flower, edibles, pre-rolls, and vape products containing THC and CBD. Fluent’s edible gels and vape cartridges are some of the most popular products offered on its website.
Coral Gables: 5827 SW 40th St., Miami
Coral Springs: 1406 N. University Dr., Coral Springs
Cutler Bay: 11245 SW 211th St., Miami
Deerfield Beach: 622 S. Federal Hwy., Deerfield Beach
Kendall: 9611 N. Kendall Dr., Miami
North Miami Beach: 175 NW 167th St., Miami
GrowHealthy sells flower, vape cartridges, edibles, distillate syringes, topicals, and tinctures made with THC and CBD. Its locations collect donations for the Last Prisoner Project, a nonprofit that works to release prisoners incarcerated for cannabis offenses. GrowHealthy offers strains of flower grown outdoors in fields in Florida, which the company touts as "similar to vintage wine" in that each batch possesses a unique aroma and flavor profile.
Deerfield Beach: 144 N. Federal Hwy., Deerfield Beach; 754-222-3199
North Miami: 13400 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-629-7956
Based in Chicago, Green Thumb Industries oversees a handful of cannabis brands, including Beboe, Doctor Solomon’s, and Good Green, while operating dozens of dispensaries, including its Florida locations under the Rise moniker. South Florida is home to three dispensaries — in Kendall, Hallandale Beach, and Deerfield Beach — which, in addition to flower, offer edibles, extracts, tinctures, pre-rolls, vape cartridges, and apparel.
Deerfield Beach: 2305 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach; 786-540-4910
Hallandale Beach: 308 N. Federal Hwy.; Hallandale Beach; 561-440-2360
Kendall: 11611 N. Kendall Dr.; 786-788-4008
After launching its first South Florida store on Bird Road in Miami in December 2018, Liberty Health Sciences opened a handful of additional outposts. Patients who browse THC and CBD products online can place their orders for pick-up in one of its stores or request home delivery. Liberty touts discounts for veterans, seniors, and new patients.
Bird Road: 6287 Bird Rd., Miami; 786-598-2022
Dania Beach: 1103 S. Federal Hwy., Dania Beach; 754-231-4884
33497 S. Dixie Hwy., Florida City
Hollywood: 2119 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; 786-579-1377
Key West: 826 Duval St.
, Key West; 786-632-4322
North Miami: 10795 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-598-2223
Palmetto Bay: 14499 S. Dixie Hwy., Palmetto Bay
Starting with a light footprint in Florida, MüV has expanded to more than 60 locations across the state, making it the second-largest Florida cannabis operator. The brand became part of Chicago-based Verano Holdings' pot portfolio in 2020 via a merger with AltMed. With cultivation operations based out of Apollo Beach, MüV offers flower, edibles, concentrates, pre-rolls, vape cartridges, topical creams, and ointments.
Deerfield Beach: 953 S. Federal Hwy., Deerfield Beach
6661 Taft St., Hollywood
6580 N. University Dr., Tamarac
In August 2022, MedMen, a national chain of cannabis dispensaries that operated in six states, completed the sale of its Florida-based assets for $63 million to Fort Lauderdale-based Green Sentry, a company run by attorney Brady Cobb. Cobb has rebranded the dispensaries under the Sunburn name, apparently named after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency operation that busted his dad, a prolific pot smuggler in the 1970s.
Miami Beach: 550 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-373-4060
Fort Lauderdale: 2949 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 754-300-1230
Sunnyside's Oakland Park store
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Sunnyside is a national dispensary brand operated by Cresco Labs, one of the largest vertically integrated cannabis companies in the nation. Patients can purchase flower, vape cartridges and disposables, edibles, pre-rolls, concentrates, topicals (balm), and tinctures at Sunnyside’s four Miami-Dade and Broward stores.
Fort Lauderdale: 1830 Cordova Rd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-641-8588
North Miami: 505 NE 125th St., Miami; 305-974-1566
Oakland Park: 499 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park; 854-500-9600
: 8717 SW 24th St., Miami; 786-923-8276
Surterra is the fifth-largest cannabis operator in Florida by number of dispensaries and volume of cannabis sold. It has 45 locations across Florida, including outposts in Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Dadeland Mall, and Miami Beach. Surterra offers flower, edibles, concentrates, and vape cartridges; it made waves as the distributor of Justin Bieber's "Peaches" pre-roll brand in 2021.
Dadeland Mall: 6647 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami
Deerfield Beach: 699 S. Federal Hwy., Deerfield Beach
Fort Lauderdale: 1776 E. Sunrise Blvd., Unit #1, Fort Lauderdale
Miami: 10755 SW 72nd St., Miami
Miami Beach: 1523 Alton Rd., Miami Beach
Trulieve's South Miami store
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Trulieve is by far the largest cannabis company in Florida, with the most dispensaries and most marijuana sold weekly in the state. The outfit has 125 retail locations (nearly twice the amount operated by its nearest competitor, MüV) and sold more than 2,600 pounds of smokeable marijuana during the week ending April 6, 2023. Trulieve has also been the most prominent corporate proponent of pot legalization in Florida, single-handedly bankrolling a ballot initiative for legalization.
Coral Springs: 10400 W. Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs; 954-799-5053
Cutler Bay: 19300 S. Dixie Hwy., Cutler Bay; 786-977-8684
Dania Beach: 520 Stirling Rd., Dania Beach; 954-246-0865
Deerfield Beach: 458 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach; 754-333-4535
Fort Lauderdale: 1417 SW 40th Ter., Suite C1 & C2, Fort Lauderdale; 954-399-6596
Hollywood: 2908 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; 786-396-2730
Dadeland Mall: 9600 SW 77th Ave., Miami; 305-768-1535
Miami: 4020 NW 26th St., Miami; 786-600-3887
Miami Beach: 1011 Fifth St., Miami Beach; 786-396-2700
Miami Gardens: 18350 NW 47th Ave., Miami Gardens; 786-632-1516
North Miami Beach: 15100 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach; 786-396-2730
Olympia Heights: 9578 Bird Rd., Miami; 786-634-6363
Tamarac: 5900 Rock Island., Tamarac; 954-751-3981
VidaCann markets itself as a leader in "sustainable and organic" growing operations. The company operates ACE (Automated Cultivation Environment) "conservatories," a proprietary production/lab combo that automatically monitors the temperature, humidity, light, watering, and air movement of plants in its cultivation facilities.
Deerfield Beach: 1101 S. Powerline Rd., Suite 104, Deerfield Beach; 954-708-2114
North Miami: 11091 Biscayne Blvd., Unit 11091A, Miami; 786-275-4564
South Miami: 5850 Sunset Dr., Unit A, South Miami; 786- 363-9774