Nancy Detert on approved medical marijuana dispensaries

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SARASOTA – The Sarasota County Commission has recently approved plans for two medical marijuana dispensaries.

Tallahassee–based Trulieve will operate the approved dispensary that will be located in a Venice shopping plaza.

AltMed will operate the second approved dispensary on Fruitville Road.

Sarasota County Commission Chair Nancy Detert shared a personal story about her sister who lives in a different state and has had multiple diseases since she was 14.

“She’s just turned 70 honestly so she’s lived longer than we thought and on a lot of medication so she’s lived longer than we thought. She’s just been a hero about her illnesses she just carries on the best she can, but in order to sleep at night she does take marijuana otherwise I don’t think she could sleep at all,” said Detert.

Detert also says she wants the public to know the approval of a medical marijuana dispensary is not the first step to the legalization of the use of recreational marijuana in Sarasota.

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Jessika Ward is a Sarasota native and an award-winning multimedia journalist. She joined the Suncoast News Network in February of 2018 and is happy to be back in her hometown. Jessika won three Florida Associated Press Awards while a student at Florida A&M University. Prior to coming to SNN, Jessika interned with WWSB ABC7 and worked as a videographer/editor at WTXL ABC27 in Tallahassee. ​​Jessika Ward is a proud rattler and Historically Black College and University (HBCU) advocate. She shares her HBCU experience in "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” a documentary about the history and future of HBCU's that was presented in the Sundance Film Festival and aired on PBS. Jessika's hobbies include photography, watching independent films, watching sports, and reading a good book.