Also: Housing sales drop
The first medical marijuana treatment center in Port Orange, where cannabis can be dispensed to eligible patients, had a grand opening June 25 at its location, 3665 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Suite 201.
Surterra Wellness has a homey, rather than a clinical, decor. Much of the consultation with new patients is done around the table in a kitchen area, where coffee, fruits or other refreshments are available, said communications manager Kim Hawks.
“We want patients to feel at home,” she said.
As medical marijuana dispensaries are being established, local governments are tasked with where they should be located. Hawks said there is no need for concern.
“We bring value to any area,” she said. “The same folks you see going into (retail stores) down the street are the same folks coming in here.”
Centers need to be accessible, Hawks said.
“Do you want your friend to have to drive an hour and a half to get her medication?” she asked.
To utilize the service, a person must have a medical marijuana card issued by a Florida-licensed physician.
“It’s not recreational; it’s medicinal.”
SUSAN TROCKI, of Ormond Beach, on medical marijuana
Visiting the shop for the Open House was Susan Trocki, of Ormond Beach, who has discussed medical marijuana usage with her doctor. She’s interested in the fact that medical marijuana utilizes both THC and CBD and CBD does not produce a high.
“It’s not recreational; it’s medicinal,” Trocki said.
The products at Surterra Wellness, including tincture oils, topical lotions, oral sprays, patches and vaper pins, offer various mixtures of THC and CBD.
Hawks believes that smoking cannabis should be legal, because a doctor may feel it is necessary, and a rule should not stand between a doctor and a patient.
Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers must manufacture their own product and cannot sell in other states because of federal laws.
Surterra Wellness has 10 locations in Florida. Visit www.surterra.com.
Real Estate cooling off?
Single family home sales fell 5.3% around the greater Daytona Beach area in June compared to the same month last year and fell 7.2% from May 2018, according to an analysis of MLS date by Ron Wysocarski, broker and CEO of Wyse Home Team Realty in Port Orange.
Median sales prices were up 2% from a year ago, but down about 3% from May.
“The local real estate market remains strong, but we are seeing some signs that the frenzied pace of the market may settle into a more natural rhythm,” Wysocarski, said.
June 2018: 476 single-family sold at median price of $220,000.
June 2017: 503 single-family homes sold at median price of $215,000.
May 2018: 513 single-family homes sold at median price of $227,500.
The U.S. Commerce Dept. reported recently that national sales in June fell 5.3% from May, but increased 2.4% from one year ago.
Prices fell nationally. The national median sales price for June was $302,100, compared to $309,700 in May and $315,200 in June 2017.
Local inventory of homes fell slightly in June from May, but the number of single-family homes listed in June was 8% higher than it was in June 2017.
The area condo market saw sales levels recover in June, after falling in May. There were 151 condo units sold in June 2018 while there were 134 condo units sold in June 2017. Year to date, sales are down nearly 3 percent from last year.
Condo sale prices fell. Median sales prices for condos in June were $182,000. The median price in May of this year was $214,000 and in June of last year is was $215,000.
Condo inventory reports show there were 1,045 units that were active on the MLS at some point during June. That’s down from 1,084 units listed on the MLS in May, but still up from the 977 condo units that were active during June 2017.
Call Wysocarski at 562-2651 or visit www.TheWyseCondoTeam.com.
Subaru donates blankets
Subaru of Daytona and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North and Central Florida partnered to make a donation of blankets and totes for oncology patients at Halifax Health. Each blanket included a note of inspiration from Subaru of Daytona customers and staff, according to a press release. Daytona Subaru made the donation as part of the Subaru Loves to Care Campaign.