Cannabist Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Sarasota Celebrates Grand Opening

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Interior shot of Sarasota's new Cannabist location, courtesy of the company

Columbia Care Inc., one of the largest and most experienced cultivators, manufacturers and providers of cannabis products in the U.S. recently celebrated the opening of Cannabist in Sarasota on December 8, 2021. In September 2021, Columbia Care received approval from the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) to operate as Cannabist. Locations currently include: Cape Coral, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Miami, Orlando, Longwood, Bonita Springs, Bradenton, Brandon, Delray Beach, St. Augustine, Stuart and Sarasota.

More than a dispensary, Cannabist is Columbia Care’s new award-winning retail brand that provides a higher experience built on passion, technology innovation, community commitment and product standards. Cannabist dispensaries center around making cannabis shopping approachable and straightforward, accommodating the vast range of experience levels patients may have when they walk through the doors. Technology will enable a seamless and personalized shopping experience anywhere, from in-store to at-home. Each Cannabist location will have Forage, Columbia Care’s proprietary online cannabis discovery tool. 

Cannabist's Forage tool is designed to streamline and customize the individual shopping experience for expert and novice patients alike. This hands-on, interactive, web-based platform suggests curated products depending on the user’s desired mood and experience, and syncs with their local dispensary's inventory and pricing to enable online orders. The immersive platform can be experienced online by visiting forage.io or in Cannabist’s Florida dispensaries via a large interactive panel, per an industry exclusive partnership with display provider Lightbox. Additionally, Forage allows the user to engage with the dispensary’s loyalty program and learn more about its brands, promotions and products. 

Cannabist retail locations will be home to premium brands that focus on the highest quality and reliability and will continue to collaborate with brands run by fellow cannabis connoisseurs and social equity businesses. At the beginning of 2021, the company introduced a number of new products, including edibles, to the market. The store will serve patients with a medical card issued by the state of Florida. 

For more information, visit gocannabist.com/florida

Interior shot of Sarasota's new Cannabist location, courtesy of the company

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