NEWS 5 INVESTIGATES.. MEDICINAL MARIJUANA MAY BE LEGAL IN FLORIDA, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN DISPENSARIES AND GROW HOUSES CAN JUST OPEN WHEREVER. JUST LAST WEEK, THE PENSACOLA CITY COUNCIL VOTED 6-0 IN THEIR FIRST READING AND VOTED TO ALLOW MEDICINAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN CERTAIN COMMERCIAL ZONES OF PENSACOLA. NEWS 5’S HAYLEY MINOGUE JOINS US FROM THE CORNER OF TEXAR DRIVE AND NORTH DAVIS HIGHWAY… HAYLEY, WHAT DOES THAT LOCATION HAVE TO DO WITH A MEDICINAL MARIJUANA GROW HOUSE? HAYLEY TRULIEVE, A CANNABIS GROW AND DISPENSE COMPANY, BOUGHT THIS BUILDING BEHIND ME TO BE A FUTURE DISPENSARY. TONIGHT, WE’LL TAKE YOU INTO THE PLACE THEY GROW AND MAKE THEIR PRODUCTS… THE SAME PRODUCTS THEY SOON HOPE.. TO SELL RIGHT HERE. IN MOST STATES, IT’S ILLEGAL. IN FLORIDA, IT’S MEDICINE. WE CAN’T SHOW YOU THE OUTSIDE OF THE TRULIEVE BUILDING WHERE ITS GROWN. BUT WE CAN TELL YOU, IT’S IN QUINCY FLORIDA– population, 8,000. INSIDE THE 72,000 SQUARE FOOT BUILDING… CANNABIS… IS EVERYWHERE. FIRST, WE WENT TO THE MOTHER ROOM… HERE, LEAVES ARE CLIPPED FROM THIS PERFECT SPECIMEN… THEN ROOTED… HERE IN THIS ROOM– WHERE THEY’LL SPEND 9 DAYS IN THESE CUBES, BEFORE SPENDING TWO WEEKS IN THESE LITTLE PLANTERS— ALONE, JUST IN CASE THEY AREN’T PERFECT, SO THEY CAN BE EASILY DESTROYED. JASON PERNELL, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER “its more than what i expected. the way the plants grow, the efficiency, we take a manufacturing process approach. we live by our schedules, and make sure the plants meet the highest quality that they can.” THE SCHEDULE FROM THOSE LITTLE PLANTERS, MOVES SLOWER. TWO WEEKS IN THE TODDLER ROOM, TWO WEEKS IN THE BIG VEG ROOM, THEN FINALLY….. THE FLOWER ROOM…. HAYLEY “this is what the plants look like after about 2 months in this room. after they’ve gotten to the flowering process, its time to go to the next step. they’ll dry out, and go straight into processing.” FIVE DAYS OF DRYING— THEN, TIME FOR THE MEDICINAL PROCESS. nat 2- “thats about a dose.” nat pill maker KIM RIVERS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER “we process that plant into all our derivitive products that go through an extraction process, and made into our final product types, and we deliver those products to our dispensaries, and also our patients throughout florida. MORE THAN HALF OF THE 2500 PATIENTS IN THE STATE USED TRULIEVE PRODUCTS. BUT ALL THE GREEN IN THE GROW HOUSE… DOESN’T MEAN GREEN IN THE BANK. “we are not, by any stretch, making any money. right now, we are in a loss scenario, and we anticipate we’ll be in a loss scenario for a while. IT’S PERSONAL CONNECTIONS TO PATIENTS… THAT BRING THE ONLY PAYOFFS AT THIS TIME. 4- it brings me great joy to know that patients of florida are goign to be getting relief just from seeing what my mother in law went through, and how it effected her and her quality of life, and just knowing that other patients throughout florida are going to be getting the same. EVEN THOUGH MANY PEOPLE SUPPORT MEDICINAL MARIJUANA OUTRIGHT… SOME AREN’T HAPPY WITH THE CURRENT POLICIES IN PLACE… SAYING THEY DON’T HAVE THE PATIENT’S BEST INTEREST AT HEART. TOMORROW NIGHT AT 9 ON THE CW55, I’LL INTRODUCE YOU TO A SANTA ROSA COUNTY WOMAN… WHO WANTS TO CHANGE THE RULES FOR CANNABIS IN FLORIDA. REPORTING LIVE IN PENSACOLA, IM HAYLEY MINOGUE, NEWS 5.