Men Plan to Open Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Jupiter, Stuart

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On Friday, January 24, Chad Cooke and Andy Monet went out for a celebratory beer. Earlier that day, election officials had announced that enough petition signatures had been verified to force a vote on whether to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. The duo had been working tirelessly for weeks on the petition drive.

Like other entrepreneurs throughout the state, Cooke and Monet are hoping that the constitutional amendment will pass when it goes to voters in November -- and that shortly afterward, they can cash in.

It's still a gamble -- no one knows whether the amendment will pass; even if it does, the state health department will have six months to set up the regulatory framework; and individual cities and towns may add their own rules on top of that. Despite the risks and the fallability of predictions, some businesses are maneuvering to be among the first in the game.

See also: Tampa Bakery Poised to Sell Medical Marijuana Edibles

Cooke and Monet first had visions of opening a medical marijuana center in Florida two years ago, when several states began adding medical marijuana amendments. Today they're taking concrete steps. They've incorporated their business, Oceanside Health Center, launched a Facebook page and website, and scouted locations to lease in Jupiter and nearby Stuart. They're currently negotiating with investors, consulting with well-known names in various medical marijuana advocacy groups, and even have a chemist onboard prepared to start trademarking formulas once the legislation passes.

For now, Cooke prefers not to dispel too many details about his current job in case his employers won't be too pleased with his side project. Monet owns a construction company in California (among other things) and was around when Proposition 215 passed, which exempted California patients and caregivers from criminal persecution if a physician recommended marijuana for treatment. He saw how businesses boomed following the change in legislation.

The entrepreneurial pair has since recruited Dr. Brian Hicks as Oceanside Health Center's chemist. With a chemist onboard, the center can eventually trademark formulas to sell to other dispensaries. "It also means our potency is the same every single time," Cooke stresses. "It'll be consistent: the same quality and quantity every time."

See also: South Florida Philanthropist Is The Second-Largest Donor For Medical Marijuana Push

CBD-based products will be the main focus. CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound found in cannabis that has medicinal properties -- anything from anti-inflammatory to anti-anxiety -- but does not carry the same psychoactive properties as THC. "Our priority would be CBD-based products to cater to those 50 years or older," Cooke explains. "We want to stay away from people just looking to stay high."

If the amendment passes, Monet intends to sign the lease papers that very day to secure a location. Even if they can't open for another six months while the health department sorts out the legislative kinks, Cooke and Monet want to start offering classes to educate the public on medical marijuana. "We want to teach the public that marijuana is medicine," Cooke says. "This isn't marijuana madness!"

Assuming the bill passes, Cooke and Monet hope to open their own grow center after six months of operation. Considering medical marijuana sells at $200 an ounce in Colorado, Monet estimates making $7,000 to $10,000 gross profit a week.

"The state will be making money hand over fist," Monet says. "There are a lot of talkers out there, but the push for recreational [marijuana in Florida] will happen two to three years down the road. It'll happen with the next president."






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Lynne Dear
Lynne Dear

Jupiter's a long way from most places!

rey0
rey0

You guys should smoke some pot , it helps with stress, lol...

medmarlawyer
medmarlawyer

Jess, thanks for the balanced reporting and being on the front end of this issue. Keep up the good work.  As a lawyer I can tell you that I am watching an industry literally rise from the ground up (no pun intended) with each passing day. 

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

These are the folks that are supposed to make the money on the front end of this. What does the rest of the legislation look like for recreational users ? Not that I'm against the good of a cure or even something that eases suffering ? But I do not want people growing pot in my neighborhood and having stoners wander around looking in my patio for their next buzz and/or stealing to pay for their next high. Smoking pot is just as bad as smoking tobacco for adverse health and I figure these folks will deliver a dosage in an oral pill form. But we all know the can of worms this is going to bring for the majority of those that abuse the drug recreationally. Nice blurb below by Andrew Monet, well written and responsible message from the writing as a PR release from a CEO, but I know human nature. THC is more potent than a lot of drugs that are used for pain management. What assurances is anyone going to get that an impaired stoned driver isn't as lethal as a drunk driver ? Mr. Monet, are you going to be responsible & accountable that day when one of your patients/clients decides to double up on a dose or whatever and operates a motor vehicle and injures another ? Bad enough we have the alcoholics out there, adding the stoners isn't going to make the streets any safer ? And the one's that are already out there, I understand the illegality didn't stop them before, but making it so that anyone now can get a dose is simply going to make it worse. Potheads like their claims that they aren't addicted and that THC is virtually something that they can't overdose on, yet it will just make them less capable to function normally.

Medicalcannabis
Medicalcannabis

Oceanside Health Center (OHC) is a group of professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality medicine, service and experience to registered Floridian medical cannabis patients. We are passionate Jupiter citizens that strive to enhance the lives of our patients while changing the perception of Cannabis as a viable and safe medicine for an array of conditions. OHC is an active member of the community through social action and philanthropy because we cannot succeed unless our neighbors do too.

We commend the courage of the Article Writer Jess Swanson

OCEANSIDE HEALTH CENTER  Inc..

Informing Florida about the Chance To Choose your pain medicine.


CEO

Andrew Monet

 

matthewbalducci
matthewbalducci

@Jimbo99  

NO one is going to go in your patio looking for weed, smoking pot is not even close to smokink tobacco. A myth. Stoners do not want to drive when high. Unlike drunks who love to drive.And It is not addictive. And there are many business owners, lawyers and big wigs who smoke weed and have  a great career. Do not be brainwashed


MarkusMaro
MarkusMaro

@Jimbo99  Thats a delightful inside you have into the vicious world of cannabis users. Which of course blinded by their cravings, sort to anything to get they're next fix of this terrible drug. You sound to me like a man that has been around. A visionary that thinks outside the box! Tell me Jimbo have you ever tried marijuana or have you ever met somebody high of this destructive drug? I like to hear peoples opinion that actually have a first hand experience with the subject matter.

soc_hus
soc_hus

Do doctors and physicians who recklessly prescribe pills, which happens ten-fold in the state of Florida compared to any other state, take responsibility when their patients double up on Xanax and OxyContin and Valium and hop in a car? No. And that should be a FAR bigger concern for you. Those people are 100x more dangerous than any "stoner" getting in a car and driving, and I think your concern of them wandering into your backyard to steal is quite frankly stupid.

You are assigning the qualities of pill heads to pot heads and you could not be more wrong honestly. Someone who smokes pot is more likely to go to a restaurant with friends after (and most likely tip the waiter better than others) rather than wandering around trying to steal from their neighbor.

Your opinions make you seem very sheltered from the reality of the effects of marijuana and you should feel lucky to have survived to this day living in the state that prescribes millions more deadly pills than all of the other states combined. We have had bigger issues at hand for years with drugs being concocted in labs and given to our neighbors as "medicine" while they are really destroying their lives and the lives of those around them. I suggest you Google "Florida pill mills" and focus your energy into this problem that is already in your neighborhood.

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

@matthewbalducci @Jimbo99 ctm, when word gets out that another is growing weed, trust me, there are certain folks that will go out of their way to steal it. Espceially when it's anywhere from $ 185-400/oz like Colorado reported ? Would you leave 4 $ 100 bills on the patio ? Would you leave 5-6 pot plants in full bloom that easily yields more than an oz ? BTW, no offense, but I hope I never need a lawyer, or at least a stoned lawyer ?

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/02/22149509-high-demand-price-of-legal-marijuana-soars-in-colorado?lite

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

@MarkusMaro @Jimbo99 LOL, I never said this was every abuser, how many does it take, 1, 10, 100 ? All it takes is to be the victim once. I have no time for it. I'll give you another worst case scenario, pot head shows up at another's home just to steal a pot plant or a few buds. when do the SYG laws apply at the threat of a home invasion ? I mean, can George Zimmerman shoot you for being out in his patio area stealing his recreational or in this case medical marijuana ? At what point is it legally ok to shoot the dope head ? Maybe we should bake them brownies and give them the dose of pot ? And if the thief is not a white caucasian, is it a hate crime, racially motivated ? And we'll see how your song/tune changes the day you are a victim of it. In the end, I'm no visionary, just a realist. You might be a fool if you're incapable of seeing it and calling it what it really is. I'd rather not deal with the grey areas of this or any other legislation, the twisting of any event to suit another's agenda.

Clean and sober is the only way to go thru life. The world is pretty amazing as it is, doesn't need to be tweaked with drugs. I'll challenge you, go lay on your back tonight at midnight on the grass, close your eyes, meditate, maybe even look into the sky ? Do you actually need drugs to make that any better than it could possibly be ?

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

@soc_hus Doesn't work that way. an impaired motorist is an impaired motorist. Whether it's alcohol, pills or pot, the latter will just add to it. That's why it's being sold on the concept as a choice for pain management. But reality is, there are other side effects beyond just treating pain. Apathy is one of those LT effects for most abusers. When abusers don't care anymore, it's not the responsibility of the rest of us to care for them, yet we will and many will be the victims of that apathy. I really don't want to hear what another tells me I must endure because another made a conscious choice to abuse a drug. I do agree pills are a major issue. Obamacare alone will ensure more pills make it into potentially abusive situations. I never said I wasn't against the good of a cure or alleviation in pain management. I just want assurances that those of us that don't have these pill/drug issues aren't just victims throughout the whole process. I mean if they can tax tobacco in anticipation of health issues, they certainly can estimate effects on mortality and pot and charge to establish a fund for those victims, it's called a form of insurance ?

Really, theft in anyone's backyard is stupid ? I know firsthand of pot abusers that stole food from their roommates (unfortunately I've lived with a few and they lied about that walking into the cohabitation), electronics, silverware and anything else from their parents or neighbors to pay for their next bag of dope. There's a reason they call it dope, it's not a flattering term. Last year, the NMB & Aventura SWAT teams came to my apartment complex over a drug dealer. So please tell me the crime is worth it ? The drug dealer 2 stories up and 3 down he would conduct business in the parking lot, where children and law abiding citizens go to their cars or parent's cars to go to school or work. You can't control who shows up in your parking lot, within a gated community tell me why I need someone doing this when I go to work or come home every day ? A few years back a young man was gunned down about 20 feet from my bedroom window in that parking lot. Gee nobody wants to talk about what the man did to get shot ? You know, thugs don't just shoot you because they have nothing better to do and want that scrutiny from the police ? Those type shoot others because someone got ripped off, no honor amongst them I guess ?

LOL, the pot smoker/abuser tips better ? You mean they have disposable income to tip better than everyone else ? This I want to see firsthand ? Can't pay rent or utilities in a lot of cases, but they can eat out & tip ? That makes it better ? Maybe they should pay rent and utilities first, before they buy their weed ? End of the day, anyone I know of that ever used/abused alcohol, pot, needles or pills, was simply far better off for having just said "NO to Drugs". I think your view is myopic as to what effects this will have on society. I am not predicting a collapse, but it's everyone's responsibility in a shared world to mitigate damages to victims. If you can honestly say that this will not create a single innocent victim more, then you are fooling yourself. This is about money, if it weren't they wouldn't be trying to regulate it, that will limit who makes the money, the rest will be shut down. There will be a black market, like any drug, people are going to steal the drug itself, it has worth/value. And let's talk about the local recreational abuser ? He buys a big bag of pot, makes smaller bags of pot and sells it off to pay for his habit and profit, that's the reality of this, it comes down to money, not pain management. The latter is coincidental to profits. And another reality is, if pot was as non-addictive or harmful, people have been self medicating and managing their pain for years ? A doctor is going to prescribe this ? I'd dare say there are pot users that are more qualified to self medicate, especially is overdosing is virtually impossible ?

Still think I'm delusionally sheltered from reality ?

mikec3244
mikec3244

I'm sorry but you guys are dead wrong I work in a retirement community the largest in the u.s. We have a large number of senior citizens who are ecstatic about the possible legalazation of medicinal Marijanna. Fact is here in florida docs get people hooked on pills then cut them off leaving most no chooce but to turn to the street to buy them. Most as you said start out innocent and lose everything to chase this high all from pharmaceuticals that are produced for legitimate reasons... Most people looking to score this so called fix .....are on much harder drugs... As a bartender and advocate for pot. I first hand have seen the dangers of alcohol. I have never once heard of a single friend even pawning they're own stuff to get this so called fix your talking about, most stoners just wanna smoke relax after a hard day work and just choose to relax in a different way. Pot is not a dangerous drug the criminal element behind buying pot is what's dangerous take that away and I can't see the difference between pot or alcohol countless people die every day from alcohol related deaths across this country. 0 have died from pot related deaths this year please do your research before you stereotype anyone who smokes pot is gonna break into your house and steal your shit sorry your dead wrong most pot smokers have money in case your unaware pots not physically addictive..... yes it's not cheap but if you don't have money for a bag you just don't smoke that night! I think you've grouped pot in with pill heads, who unfortunatley yes would sell they're kids if it came down to it to get there next fix!! My dad is an alcoholic and my sister is a recovering pill addict both of these legally made drugs are far more dangerous than pot could ever be. Any thing is bad if it's abused but no your avarage stoner doesn't wanna break into your shit most of us work in restaurant and have to deal with assholes all day... Half go to the bar and spend roughly 100 a night then proceed to get in they're car and drive home the other half go home and smoke save there money and stay home!!! Ps stoners don't like doing shit but smoking a joint sitting on the couch and watching some tv I'm sorry you unfortunatley have grouped pot in with these other horrible drugs but fact is all pills were produced with good intentions in mind still doesn't change the fact. More people in this country are addicted to opiods/ painkillers which If taken responibly have a use but the fact is It's synthetic herion. Pot is easily grown and will always be around we mine as well tax it regulate it and build comerace in this country some way... My question to you sir is do you drink?? And I agree some crime will happen people will steal others pot plants. But last I checked people are doing that now breaking into houses stealing money, jewelry, valuable, whatever you have of value most people try to protect....what would be the difference with pot.. I think if we get rid of the criminal element of all drugs not just pot our crime rate would drop drastically on top of that maybe we can start to pull this country out of debt.....people drink and get crazy and almost fearless fight, drive, and senior citizens decide to have sex in public places. Alcohol is far worse than pot hands down and these pills out there now are just killing people. So I'm sorry if I can come home and smoke a joint and have relief from my back pain I'd so much rather do that then take any of these pharmaceuticals out there now days p.s. Most pot heads have decent jobs contrary to your beliefs I personally know I make on the low end in my group of friends and I make $65k a year as a fucking bartender dude come on do I really wanna risk that so I can break into your place and steal your stuff lol... Please wake up please pot is not the enemy these pill companies are... Respectfully no disrespect intended to any one!!!!!

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5504154

mikec3244
mikec3244

And how many people do you know who have personally been home invaded someone's been watching too much tv.... I'm not saying it doesn't happen but most cases are targeted homes by professional theives come on please I'm begging you please do some more research. ..... Do a survey of these so called pot heads lol most commit little to no crime other than smoking a plant god put here and man decided to make illegal think about pot is it grows the way you smoke it straight from the gods themselfs alcohol is made cocaine is made god don't even get me started on these pills out there now days by the way the number one prescribed in the u.s.a. Is. 7.5 mg hydro codone a strongly addictive drug that ruins countless peoples lives per year!!!!!

mikec3244
mikec3244

I'm sorry but you guys are dead wrong I work in a retirement community the largest in the u.s. We have a large number of senior citizens who are ecstatic about the possible legalazation of medicinal Marijanna. Fact is here in florida docs get people hooked on pills then cut them off leaving most no chooce but to turn to the street to buy them. Most as you said start out innocent and lose everything to chase this high all from pharmaceuticals that are produced for legitimate reasons... Most people looking to score this so called fix .....are on much harder drugs... As a bartender and advocate for pot. I first hand have seen the dangers of alcohol. I have never once heard of a single friend even pawning they're own stuff to get this so called fix your talking about, most stoners just wanna smoke relax after a hard day work and just choose to relax in a different way. Pot is not a dangerous drug the criminal element behind buying pot is what's dangerous take that away and I can't see the difference between pot or alcohol countless people die every day from alcohol related deaths across this country. 0 have died from pot related deaths this year please do your research before you stereotype anyone who smokes pot is gonna break into your house and steal your shit sorry your dead wrong most pot smokers have money in case your unaware pots not physically addictive..... yes it's not cheap but if you don't have money for a bag you just don't smoke that night! I think you've grouped pot in with pill heads, who unfortunatley yes would sell they're kids if it came down to it to get there next fix!! My dad is an alcoholic and my sister is a recovering pill addict both of these legally made drugs are far more dangerous than pot could ever be. Any thing is bad if it's abused but no your avarage stoner doesn't wanna break into your shit most of us work in restaurant and have to deal with assholes all day... Half go to the bar and spend roughly 100 a night then proceed to get in they're car and drive home the other half go home and smoke save there money and stay home!!! Ps stoners don't like doing shit but smoking a joint sitting on the couch and watching some tv I'm sorry you unfortunatley have grouped pot in with these other horrible drugs but fact is all pills were produced with good intentions in mind still doesn't change the fact. More people in this country are addicted to opiods/ painkillers which If taken responibly have a use but the fact is It's synthetic herion. Pot is easily grown and will always be around we mine as well tax it regulate it and build comerace in this country some way... My question to you sir is do you drink?? And I agree some crime will happen people will steal others pot plants. But last I checked people are doing that now breaking into houses stealing money, jewelry, valuable, whatever you have of value most people try to protect....what would be the difference with pot.. I think if we get rid of the criminal element of all drugs not just pot our crime rate would drop drastically on top of that maybe we can start to pull this country out of debt.....people drink and get crazy and almost fearless fight, drive, and senior citizens decide to have sex in public places. Alcohol is far worse than pot hands down and these pills out there now are just killing people. So I'm sorry if I can come home and smoke a joint and have relief from my back pain I'd so much rather do that then take any of these pharmaceuticals out there now days p.s. Most pot heads have decent jobs contrary to your beliefs I personally know I make on the low end in my group of friends and I make $65k a year as a fucking bartender dude come on do I really wanna risk that so I can break into your place and steal your stuff lol... Please wake up please pot is not the enemy these pill companies are... Respectfully no disrespect intended to any one!!!!!

Sex on the Square The Villages Florida

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5504154

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

@matthewbalducci @Jimbo99@soc_hus Actually I've been around long enough in this world to see several. The pot head that was just high on pot, that usually was the loner that had nobody to party with, as pathetic as that can become to the one that was sampling every drug available at the party. Started with alcohol and socially moved into the sub groups of another drug abuse, that's if they weren't the one with the drug selection looking for customers. Maybe pot is easier to leave as an abuse, but many can't, won't or whatever excuse they have and therefore their addiction is an addiction. Cures aren't going to be $ 35, because a bag of weed doesn't cost $ 35 anymore. And don't confuse cure with a pain management distraction from the healthcare issue that has no cure.

matthewbalducci
matthewbalducci

@Jimbo99 @soc_hus  

you are sheltered. Your pot roomates must have been doing cocaine and pills also. Fact is alcohol is the gateway drug. Weed is not addictive. But you know what is. Cigs, Alchohol, coffee, pills, facebook, crack. The reason they were so scared to legalize it is because it will lead to the downfall of big pharm and alcohol sales. And cures will be 35$ instead of 35,000$

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