Cannabis Coming to Gas Stations In Florida
The cannabis industry is growing rapidly. It is hard to keep up with the changes that occur every single day. Starting next year, Florida residents will be able to purchase marijuana at Circle K gas stations, thanks to a new partnership between Circle K and Green Thumb Industries, one of the largest producers of marijuana in the US.
While cannabis is illegal for recreational use in Florida, medical use is legal, and “[a]ccording to the state’s department of health, more than 700,000 residents have cards to buy it.” “Under a new partnership between the companies, starting next year weed will be sold at 10 "RISE Express" dispensaries with separate entrances from the gas stations.”
So, marijuana will not actually be sold at Circle K in U.S. stores; rather, Circle K is leasing the space next to its Florida gas stations to Green Thumb. This new setup, which is likely to expand throughout the country if successful, will make it “easier and more efficient for patients to purchase high-quality cannabis as part of their everyday routine when stopping by their local convenience store.” Green Thumb plans to sell “marijuana flower, pre-rolls, gummies and vapes, which Green Thumb will supply from a 28-acre facility the company is building in Ocala, Florida, that's slated to be up and running by the end of 2022.”
This new partnership poses an interesting threat for safety on the roads in the future. As marijuana becomes easier and easier to purchase, one must also consider the possibility of increased impaired driving. Otorize counters that threat through its instant impairment test, taken on the Otorize app on your own smartphone, at any time, and in any location. As marijuana use increases and becomes more widespread, people need to test themselves to make sure they are driving unimpaired, both for their safety and that of others.