Over 500 Florida Patients Receive Medical Marijuana Cards Through ‘Safe Access’ Initiative

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MIAMI – Surterra Wellness and Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM) today announced that more than 500 patients have received medical marijuana cards through the

Safe Access initiative. The Safe Access program brings pop-up clinics to cities around the state, offering a free physician visit to patients interested in learning about and obtaining a medical


marijuana card.

Last week in Miami, Surterra and M4MM hosted their 10th clinic since their partnership began in last year. 26 patients received a medical marijuana card on-site during the Miami Safe Access clinic.

“In Florida, we’ve seen a lack of health equity across the board and as it relates to access to medical marijuana,” said

Lynnette French, Chief Operating Officer of Parallel, the parent company of Surterra. “We recognized the need to step up and advocate for patients, while also offering meaningful solutions to empower patients to get the treatment they need. Floridians

deserve safe, affordable access to legal marijuana and we are proud to help reduce the financial barriers for patients.”

Traditionally, obtaining a medical marijuana card requires paying to see a physician that is typically not covered by insurance, which makes the health resource inaccessible for many. Safe Access clinics have a doctor on site at no cost to the patient, which

amounts to hundreds of dollars in savings. Patients only pay the $77.50 required state fee for the medical card.

“Cost barriers, stigma, or fear from communities that are disproportionately targeted in the war on drugs are just some of the reasons why many in need never get access to medical marijuana,” said

DJ Howard, Program Coordinator for M4MM. “The Safe Access program is all about offering an inclusive, welcoming environment, especially for our low-income and veteran communities, so patients can get the resources and help they need.”

Low-income and veterans are served first at the Safe Access clinics, but all individuals are welcome to attend. Clinics have been held in cities across Florida including Miami, Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Daytona.


Surterra Wellness, a retail brand of Parallel, is a vertically integrated cannabis company that operates 45 Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers in the state of Florida. Its diverse portfolio of branded medical

marijuana products enhance a patient’s well-being, and are produced with plants grown in Surterra Wellness’ state of the art cultivation facility, where no harmful chemicals or ingredients are used in the growing process. Surterra Wellness’ brand intent is

to deliver a trusted, consistent, and seamless way for patients to connect and learn, and for patients to have access to the highest-quality medical marijuana products in the state of Florida. The ethos of Surterra Wellness is based on Parallel’s commitment

to compliance, quality, innovation, and to be a great employer and local community partner, as well as its actions to improve diversity, inclusivity, and economic empowerment in the cannabis industry. To learn more about Surterra Wellness visit,

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Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc. is focused on providing advocacy, outreach, research, and training as it relates to the business, social reform, public policy, and health

/wellness in the cannabis industry. They are committed to cultivating a culturally inclusive environment where diversity of thought, experience and opportunities are valued, respected, appreciated and celebrated.