Georgia Makes Medical Cannabis History: Pharmacies to Stock Medical Marijuana
Georgia's Pharmacies to Make History and Supply Medical Marijuana
Georgia is set to make a historical move in the world of medical cannabis, becoming the first state in the U.S. to allow independent pharmacies to offer medical marijuana products. This groundbreaking step is expected to make medical cannabis more accessible than ever before.
Georgia's Medical Cannabis Pharmacy Highlights:
Georgia will be the pioneering state to allow medical marijuana sales in independent pharmacies.
Already, approximately 120 pharmacies have collaborated with Botanical Sciences, one of Georgia’s licensed producers, to stock medical marijuana products.
Following applications, pharmacies will undergo inspections before receiving board approval.
Only Georgians with medical approval can access marijuana for severe ailments such as terminal cancers, Parkinson’s disease, seizures, and PTSD.
The allowed Low THC oil will contain a maximum of 5% THC.
With this move, the state aims to augment its seven existing dispensaries, making it more convenient for patients.
To purchase, patients must present a state-issued low THC oil registry card and ID.
Empowering Pharmacists: Medical Cannabis in Georgia
Gary Long, CEO of Botanical Sciences, expressed his relief, stating that pharmacists have been getting queries from patients for years without the means to assist. This move will finally empower them not just to offer advice, but also to provide the necessary therapeutic solutions.
According to the company's projections, about 90% of the state's inhabitants will soon be within a 30-minute drive to a pharmacy selling medical marijuana.
Legislation and Controversies: Medical Cannabis Rights in Georgia
In 2019, the Georgia General Assembly authorized the distribution of low THC oil. It took several years to draft safety, inspection, licensing, and distribution guidelines. These were finally approved by Gov. Brian Kemp, enabling this historical move.
However, the Georgia Department of Public Health recently faced scrutiny for overestimating the number of registered medical marijuana patients, revealing a significant discrepancy in the reported figures.
Bringing Medical Cannabis to Every Corner of Georgia?
With over 400 independent pharmacies across Georgia, the anticipation is that most will show interest in offering low THC oil. National chains like CVS and Walgreens have yet to join the movement.
Andrew Turnage, Executive Director for the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission, hailed this initiative as "momentous." He believes it will make medical cannabis accessible across the state, benefiting both licensees and patients.
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Medical Disclaimer: The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare professional before making decisions related to cannabis or any other treatments.
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