Medical marijuana dispensary opens in Deltona – Daytona Beach News-Journal
Katie Kustura @katiekustura
DELTONA — Jasstina Featherstone felt like she’d tried just about everything to help with her post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain to no avail.
Prescription medication made her feel like a zombie, and physical therapy and yoga weren’t enough.
But these days, Featherstone, a 28-year-old DeLand resident, is feeling some relief via medical marijuana products from Surterra Wellness, which officially opened its doors Wednesday morning.
“I’m just really glad that this product is available now because it’s helped a lot more than constantly being on medication,” Featherstone said at the store’s grand opening.
The new Deltona location, 1200 Deltona Blvd., is the company’s fifth storefront in Florida.
Stores are on the way to Orlando and Jacksonville, and the company has plans to expand into Texas, according to its website.
The Deltona store is Volusia County’s second medical marijuana dispensary. Trulieve opened in Edgewater last June.
Surterra CEO Jake Bergmann described the medical marijuana business as somewhere between Bob Marley and Big Pharma.
“We’re not making synthetic pharmaceutical drugs like opioids that are killing people,” Bergmann said.
More than 115 Americans die each day due to overdosing on opioids, according to information released this month by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Bergmann said when he first heard about medical marijuana, he, like many others, figured it was a ruse to get to recreational use.
“It wasn’t until I actually started doing the research that I saw there were actually very legitimate conditions that could be treated through medical cannabis,” Bergmann said.
Featherstone said she likes that Surterra’s product doesn’t make her feel out of it or foggy.
She said her energy level is steadier, which she needs to keep up with her son Elijah, who turns 2 years old soon.
“I can take care of myself better so