MariKind Physicians

MariKind Physicians strongly believes legal access to medical marijuana can help people have improved lives, especially those suffering from chronic illness or serious medical conditions.

MariKind Physicians is a full-service resource. We guide you through the Florida State certification process. We establish a solid doctor-patient relationship from the first contact and continue to provide guidance after certification.

Venice Beach

Meet our team

Peggy Benzing, D.O.

Peggy Benzing, D.O.

Certified Medical Marijuana Physician

Dr. Benzing is board certified in Emergency Medicine and has served the Venice and Englewood area for 20 years. She believes that optimal health and function requires attention to the patient as an individual, adhering to the basic principles of empathy and knowledge.

She is a long-time medical marijuana advocate and has recently dedicated her full-time practice to the study and treatment of patients who could benefit from medical cannabis.


Julie Collins

Office Manager

Julie is a lifelong Venetian. She is married with three grown sons, a dog and a cat. She attended State College of Florida. She worked in banking and insurance before moving to health care, working for 13 years specializing in mental health.

In 2018, a family member became MMJ certified, and she was impressed with the positive effects that cannabis offered. She changed her career path, is excited to spread the word about medical marijuana and to help others get legal.


Christina Marie

Cannabis Advocate

Christina relocated to the Sarasota/Venice area four years ago from Atlanta, GA. She is married with two grown daughters, a new grandson, two cats and a dog. She spent 14 years working in accounting and workers compensation insurance before shifting career paths to work in the medical field.

Succeeding an illness, Christina found a passion for Integrated Wellness which she credits for her recovery. Following her passion, she went to work with an Integrated Wellness Doctor who introduced her to the benefits of alternative medicine such as MMJ. Since her introduction to MMJ, she is dedicated to educating herself and others on the constantly evolving benefits of Cannabis and MMJ, with the hope it helps others find relief and increased quality of life.

MariKind Physicians

Serving Venice, North Port, Englewood, Sarasota and surrounding areas.

We are located at 1872 Tamiami Trail S., Suite B, Venice, FL 34293

We take the stress out of getting your medical marijuana card.


Qualified Patients in Florida *


Qualified Physicians in Florida *

* As of July 22, 2022. source: https://knowthefactsmmj.com/about/weekly-updates