LAKE WALES, Fla. (WFLA) – A Lake Wales company is now the seventh in the state to obtain a license to grow, produce and dispense low THC cannabis and medical marijuana.
Grow Healthy initially lost out on the bid for the license, but challenged the decision and ultimately won after a long legal battle.
“At that time we entered into a legal challenge against the department of health from the ruling and the vetting process,” said Potter.
The state issued the license to Grow Healthy just days before Christmas.
“It’s very exciting,” said Potter.
The nearly 200,000 square foot facility has been transformed from an old mattress warehouse. After nearly a million dollars in renovations, the facility can support a large-scale growing operation that can provide medical marijuana to patients.
Despite a moratorium in Polk County, the facility is not affected. Grow Healthy is located in Lake Wales, which does not have a moratorium. City Officials have been receptive of Grow Healthy.
“They have been just a great company to work with, they are very transparent, and very friendly,” Director of Planning and Development at City of Lake Wales, Kathy Bangley said. “We look at it as a win. We have an industrial building that has been vacant for many, many years. Having them come in we’re looking at 45 to 60 jobs. It’s a boom for our economy.”
The company has a few more steps to complete, with plans to be fully operational in their first phase by the summer of 2017.
Grow Healthy will initially deliver their product to their patients. “It really makes sense to deliver to patients before putting up bricks and mortar. But we will certainly get to that point without a doubt,” Potter said.
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