To understand where we came from, it’s important to know the timeline of events within Florida in terms of medical cannabis.
- May 1, 2014: Florida Legislature passes Senate Bill 1030 called the “Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014.”
- June 16, 2014: Florida Governor Rick Scott signs bill into law.
- May 27, 2015: Detailed rules regarding restrictions and implementation of “Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014” approved.
- June 2016: Alpha Surterra expected to begin dispensing low-THC cannabis to patients in the Tampa Bay area (southwest region).
On November 8, 2016, the Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that expanded the state’s limited medical cannabis program. Receiving over 6.5 million votes, Amendment 2 passed with a 71.3 percent majority.
The next day, November 9th, plans were laid to create a new kind of clinical practice of medicine in Southwest Florida. Dr. Barry Gordon and Patrick DeLuca formulated what would become the clinical model of cannabis practice.
After launching a simple website on Thanksgiving day, thousands of people signed up for a mailing list. On December 15, 2016, we began scheduling our first appointments for after the first of the year. Nearly 100 appointments filled within an hour. By the time we saw our first patient on January 3, 2017, we had booked our entire first month.
Our patient base is diverse. The average age of our patients is 54.5 years, with our youngest being 14 and our oldest being 98. Most of our patients live within a 20 mile radius of the practice, but some have traveled from as far away as Orlando, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale.
By creating and constantly refining solid processes of practice, our goal is to provide our patients a level of care not commonly available in the American medical system.
Our three tenets of deliberate practice are a superior level of care, education, and advocacy for our patients.
We promise to always:
- Be kind, polite, courteous, and respectful.
- Answer any question given to us honestly and as expertly as possible.
- Take any time necessary to help our patients receive the level of care they require.
- Research and discover knowledge about cannabis, it’s treatments, and it’s therapies.
- Educate our patients and the public about a more natural course of treatment.
- Advocate for our patients whenever possible and necessary, so that they may easily obtain access to the cannabis product(s) for which they are lawfully entitled and which their physician thinks medically necessary for their care.
The personalized attention we provide to our patients is nearly unheard of in contemporary medicine. Our chief physician, Dr. Barry Gordon, is a founding Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Actively in practice for 35 years, Dr. Gordon has an exemplary record of service and has a deep commitment to the betterment of the health of his patients.
Our clinical staff is highly trained in cannabis medicine and we all share the passion of the movement and tirelessly advocate on behalf of the individuals within our care.
We will always answer any and all questions you have thoroughly and believe proper education is key to understanding the many benefits of cannabis therapy.