How Florida’s Medical Marijuana Industry Weathered Hurricane Irma

Palm tree at the hurricane, Blur leaf cause windy and heavy rain

Less than a week after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, destroying nearly everything in its path, people are working to clean up and rebuild their lives. And although 140 m.p.h. winds battered much of the Florida coast, the bulk of the state’s medical marijuana facilities appear to have survived the hurricane—for the most part.

Despite widespread damage throughout the state, the Miami Herald reports that the state’s 12 licensed cultivators and distributors have said their facilities seem to have survived the hurricane mostly unscathed, although there were a few exceptions.

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In Tampa, Surterra Wellness, one of the state’s largest medical marijuana cultivators, noted on Twitter that while its warehouse was missing its roof, all the plants were safe.

Surterra also tweeted a pic of the friendly critter delivered by Irma to the cultivation center: a baby gator.

Trulieve, a Tallahassee-based company that owns the only standalone dispensary in Miami-Dade County, posted on Twitter that its dispensary in Miami had reopened open on Wednesday. Several of its other dispensaries, which had closed for the storm, reopened on Tuesday.

Delivery services from Trulieve, however, have been temporarily suspended due to a gasoline shortage in the state.

Late Thursday, the dispensary tweeted that all of its storefront locations are back up and running.