Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Orlando Opening Its First Medical Marijuana Shop

Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Orlando’s first retail medical marijuana shop is opening.


Knox Nursery will open a retail shop in the Ivanhoe Village neighborhood. Founder and CEO Jose Hidalgo said that while the retail center is designed to look modern and upscale, it’s also designed for security.

“We have taken very seriously the security aspect of the dispensary,” Hildalgo said. “We have an armed guard that will be at all times present during the hours of operation, plus we have surveillance cameras 24-7 and a security team that surveils all our cameras.”

Knox was grandfathered in before the city put zoning regulations in place. Orlando will allow for up to seven medical marijuana retail sites, but they must be a mile apart.

“Part of the frustrating part as business owners that we are facing these moratoriums, the ones that suffer are the patients,” Hidalgo said. “So when a patient lives in Orlando, they can just come to the dispensary and get their order filled.

Two other medical marijuana retail outlets have applied to open in Orlando. One on Orange Blossom Trail has applied for permits, and one on Edgewater Drive that has not yet.

Health News Florida reporter Abe Aboraya works for WMFE in Orlando. He started writing for newspapers in high school. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2007, he spent a year traveling and working as a freelance reporter for the Seattle Times and the Seattle Weekly, and working for local news websites in the San Francisco Bay area. Most recently Abe worked as a reporter for the Orlando Business Journal. He comes from a family of health care workers.