A marijuana dispensary could fill an empty building in Riverside. Some people say there’s an increased demand for medical marijuana products, helping people like Dona, who suffers from epilepsy.
“Very much positive,” she said.
Dona joins support groups every month at Epilepsy Florida.
Dona says medical marijuana treatment is life-changing for her.
"[I feel] normal, like a person who has never had a seizure," Dona said
Dona has fought epilepsy since she was a child, and after years of seizures and three brain surgeries, she added cannabis oil to her treatment plan.
“I’ve gone nine months without a seizure,” Dona said.
She says it’s because of access to products like cannabinoid oils and other products like what’s found in Surterra Wellness Center.
Surterra says they’ve enjoyed success since opening in Riverside and their location in Orange Park back in 2018.
They might share success with Med Men, who is eyeing to move into an unoccupied building in Five Points
They say they are in the design stages of bringing their first store to Jacksonville.
First Coast News asked the company if they are facing any opposition to the store but we have not heard back.
Seventy-one percent of voters approved granting seriously ill patients access to medical marijuana in 2016.
Amendment 2 is continuing to face litigation according to the state’s health department.
People like Dona hope this doesn’t slow down medical marijuana from becoming available everywhere.
“I want all states to have legal medical marijuana,” Dona said.
An opening date for the new dispensary has not been set.