OLD SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — Cannabis operator and medical marijuana dispensary, Curaleaf, opened last week in the heart of Old Seminole Heights.

Located at 6421 N Florida Ave, Suite A, the 2,000 square foot space marks Curaleaf’s 17th Florida storefront and its fourth in the bay area joining St. Petersburg, Lakeland, and Palm Harbor.

Curaleaf serves prescribed medical patients with qualifying conditions including cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder and multiple sclerosis. The medical cannabis it offers comes in capsules, oils, balms, flower pods, vape pen cartridges and more.

In addition to a prescription, patients must also present their state-issued medical ID.

Curaleaf officials say they emphasize educational outreach and ensuring patients understand their products, delivery systems and specific benefits.

This includes visiting hospitals or wellness fairs, and hosting one-on-one seminars with presentations from doctors. The dispensary will begin monthly educational events this month.

“A lot of our patients tend to be older, and even though they’re older, they’re first time users and they’re anxious about it,” said dispensary manager Yajaira Fuentes.

“They’re coming in because they’re looking for an alternative way to get off pills. With the opioid crisis, they’re looking for ways to counteract that and their

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