One of the largest cannabis companies in the world by market cap is seeking out its first medical cannabis retail facility in Florida.
Las Vegas-based Planet 13 Holdings, a vertically integrated multistate operator, announced its plans to set up a medical dispensary in the town of Orange Park, a suburb on Jacksonville’s south side.
The planned location is on a busy retail corridor next to a Walmart Superstore and near the scenic St. John’s River, a popular destination for tourists and local residents, according to the company.
“We’ve been heads down working hard on our Florida expansion,” Planet 13 co-CEO Bob Groesbeck said in a press release. “We are progressing well on locating and working on both cultivation and retail under a dual track plan to bring both online at the same time. This is the first signed lease of our initial six planned neighborhood style stores all focused on major population centers and heavily trafficked retail locations.”
The move will expand upon Planet 13’s Nevada footprint, which includes its Las Vegas dispensary that became the largest in the world at 112,000 square feet when it opened in 2018, and it’s 55,000-square-foot retail facility in Orange County, Calif. The company has multiple “superstores” in each state as well as cultivation, production and distribution licenses.
The pathway to its Florida expansion opened when Planet 13 entered into an agreement with a subsidiary of Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. in September to acquire a license for $55 million to operate as a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC) in the state. Regulated by the Florida Department of Health, MMTCs are the only businesses authorized to dispense medical cannabis to qualified patients and caregivers in the state.