According to Green Thumb Industries, one of the largest cannabis producers in the U.S., Florida residents will soon be able to purchase cannabis products at Circle K gas stations along with cigarettes and snacks.
According to Chicago-based Green Thumb, as part of a new partnership between the companies, cannabis will be sold at ten “RISE Express” dispensaries with separate entrances from gas stations starting next year. Ben Kovler, the company’s CEO, told CBS MoneyWatch Friday that the cannabis retailer “could expand to more Circle K locations depending on consumer response.”
According to its website, Alimentation Couche-Tard owns more than 7,000 Circle K stores in 47 states, including 642 in Florida.
According to the Quebec, Canada-based company, Green Thumb has agreed to lease adjacent space to its Florida stores. Circle K won’t sell cannabis in its U.S. stores, a spokesperson told CBS MoneyWatch.
“This is the first time premium cannabis retail has been offered in one of the largest convenience store chains in the country,” Kovler wrote. Convenience stores are one of the fastest-growing shopping verticals, and we’re excited to reach cannabis consumers there.
Among the products for sale will be cannabis flower, pre-rolls, gummies, and vapes, which Green Thumb will supply from a 28-acre facility the company is building in Ocala, Florida.
Purchasing high-quality cannabis from Circle K will be “easier and more efficient for patients when they stop by their local convenience store in the middle of the day,” according to Kovler.
According to the Florida Department of Health, nearly 560,000 Floridians currently possess a medical marijuana card, despite cannabis still being illegal at the federal level.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, cannabis is sold in stand-alone dispensaries in states that have legalized it for medical purposes and recreational purposes.