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Popular marijuana company COOKIES to open in 2021 in Florida

The company, based in California, acquired one of Florida's 22 medical marijuana center licenses.
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A popular California-based marijuana company is headed to South Florida next year.

COOKIES snagged one of Florida's 22 medical marijuana treatment center licenses, according to an update from the state's Office of Medical Marijuana Use. 

According to the Miami Herald, the license was bought from Tree King-Tree Farm Inc., a company based out of Port Richey but one that has not dispensed medical marijuana since it got the license in May 2019.

The OMMU update does not specify the number of locations nor the price of the license purchase. The South Florida Business Journal, however, reported a store could open up in Miami in 2021.

In a news release, California rapper and head of COOKIES, Gilbert Anthony Milan Jr., a.k.a. "Berner," said he and his team are "excited and extremely humbled to be able to own one of the few licenses in Florida."

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"This is a major milestone for the expansion of COOKIES, and we look forward to the challenge of growing some of the best cannabis in the world, in one of the toughest climates," he said. "We are building out a massive cultivation and breeding facility to feed our stores all throughout the state and keep the menu exciting. I can't wait to embrace the culture and vibe in Miami and hope to secure a location on South Beach, that would be legendary." 

COOKIES launched in 2012 in California and has since expanded to 18 retail locations in the United States and a medical shop in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The company is known as one of the top-selling cannabis brands in the country as well as for its partnerships with celebrities and colorful naming of its cannabis products, like "Cereal Milk," "Gary Payton" and "London Pound Cake."

COOKIES is the only minority-owned and controlled company to have a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center license in Florida.

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