A medical marijuana clinic that stormed into Central Florida lower than six months in the past is closing a majority of its clinics within the Sunshine State.
- Firm to shut most of its medical marijuana clinics in Florida
- Tetra Well being Care blames state for setbacks, closures
- 1 clinic in Tampa to stay open in Central Florida space
Tetra Well being Care based mostly in California opened clinics in Tampa, Clearwater, Brandon and Orlando earlier this yr. The clinics have been staffed by educated docs and nurses that have been licensed to provide affected person suggestions for medical marijuana remedy.
Tetra’s clinic on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Tampa would be the solely clinic remaining open in Central Florida, with the corporate blaming states oversight for the shutdowns.
Firm spokesperson Tanya Ceilo stated in a press release, “Between the legislative actions which have modified qualifying circumstances to the state’s delay in issuing medical playing cards to sufferers, medical suppliers like Tetra Well being Care are dealing with critical roadblocks to offering compassionate affected person care.”
Some within the medical marijuana business are balking on the excuses Tetra is releasing publicly, saying the State of Florida has truly broadened affected person qualifications, in addition to drastically improved wait occasions for state required ID playing cards.
“When the regulation was first handed, the purple tape was sort of onerous,” stated Dr. Lora Brown with Entry Marijuana RX in St. Petersburg. “However lately, within the final a number of months, it has turn out to be a lot simpler for sufferers.”
Dr. Brown’s apply now manages care of 550 medical marijuana sufferers, and says remedy success charges have been excessive, however income exhausting to return by.
“This isn’t a cash making follow, sadly. It is simply, you realize, we’re in it as a result of we’re seeing nice outcomes and we actually need to assist sufferers,” Brown stated.
Tetra Well being Care says it might open clinics sooner or later in Florida, however proper now the corporate plans to focus its consideration on Florida State Legislators and enhancing affected person entry.