Florida Gas Stations to Sell Weed

Stephen Andrews
20 Oct 2022

Pizza rolls, cookies, candy, potato chips, ice cream... gas stations already have all your favorite munchies and flavors. But what about weed? Perhaps you never saw that one coming, but you were always secretly hoping for it, and now it's a plan in the making! Floridians will be the first to have access to weed at convenience stores as early as next year.

Green Thumb Industries, the multi-state cannabis operator, signed a deal with Circle K, the global convenience stores chain, and under the terms of the agreement, they are bringing sales of weed at Florida gas stations in 2023. 

Seeing marijuana products at a place where people usually buy snacks, soda or tobacco "will continue to normalize" Cannabis as a mainstream product. 

"This is a futuristic deal," Green Thumb CEO Ben Kovler said in a statement. He also added that "there's appetite" from Circle K to extend the partnership across other states. 

Couche-Tard, the parent company of Circle K, operates a total of 600 sites in Florida. Green Thumb will lease space from ten Circle K locations with sales starting next year. 

The outlets will be branded as "RISE Express" stores and will have a separate entrance from the gas stations. Green Thumb will offer flower, pre-rolls, gummies, and vapes. 

However, only cannabis for medical use is currently legal in Florida, one of the fastest-growing Cannabis markets in the U.S. It means that, at least for now, RISE Express will be limited to users who present an MMJ card. More than 550,000 Floridians have a medical marijuana card, according to the state's Department of Health. 

The partnership with Circle K will make it "easier and more efficient for patients to purchase high-quality cannabis as part of their everyday routine when stopping by their local convenience store," Kovler said in a statement.

"The opening of RISE Express stores at Circle K locations is a game-changer. Convenient is a strong channel in retail, and people want more access to cannabis," he said. 

For Circle K, it would be the second time to pivot into the sphere of Cannabis. Last year, Couche-Tard introduced a partnership with Canadian cannabis retailer Fire & Flower and similarly opened adjacent pot shops in Circle K locations across Canada. 

Past initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana in Florida have unfortunately failed. An industry-led campaign backed by Trulieve now seeks to end the prohibition in the Sunshine State by bringing the adult-use question on the 2024 ballot.

Stephen Andrews