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After progress had stalled for months, three medical marijuana dispensaries approved this year for Osceola County may finally open their doors by January.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after San Felasco Nurseries – the company green-lighted nine months ago by Osceola County commissioners – was bought by a national industry­leader called Harvest Heath & Recreation, Inc. for more than $60 million.

With the acquisition complete, Harvest officials say they want to move forward in Kissimmee.

And when they do, one of most profitable players in medical marijuana will have exclusive access to Osceola County, thanks to a decision made by local officials in February.

National marijuana leader coming to Osceola

The dispensaries will now operate under the name Harvest and not the originally proposed name, The Green Solution.

All Harvest locations are just outside Kissimmee and St. Cloud. One will be on U.S. Highway 192 between Kissimmee and Celebration, another on U.S. 192 between Kissimmee and St. Cloud and the last location is set for South John Young Parkway near Poinciana.

Progress on the dispensaries stalled for months, due in part to major negotiations between Harvest and San Felasco Nurseries.

Those talks resulted in a $65.6 million acquisition of the Gainsville-based San Felasco by Harvest on Nov. 20.

The move will be Harvest’s first venture into Florida. The Arizona company’s footprint now includes more than 40 licenses in 10 states. According to a company press release Monday, Harvest generated more than $11 million in revenue last quarter alone.

Harvest Public Affairs Director Ben Kimbro described the deal as “tremendous” for the company. He said he also thinks it’s taken too long for the dispensaries to open in Kissimmee. 

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