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Georgia is now allowing pharmacies in the state to dispense medical cannabis to registered patients – making it the first state in the country to do so, expanding the avenues for patients to access the healing science of cannabis medicine.
According to PBS, The Georgia Board of Pharmacy opened applications to dispense medical cannabis at pharmacies this week.
Rules allowing the dispensing of medical cannabis from pharmacies were finalised last month by the Board, which outlines that the medicines dispensed will be Low-THC oils which contain no more than 5% THC.
All products dispensed by the ‘Low THC Pharmacy Dispensaries’ will be “required to purchase or receive Low THC Products from a firm licensed by the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission.”
Around 120 pharmacies will be providing cannabis from Botanical Sciences, the state’s first physician-founded medical cannabis provider.
Botanical Sciences will now dispense its products at independent, licensed pharmacies throughout the state.
CEO of Botanical Sciences, Gary Long, stated: “Emanating from our roots in medicine, our unwavering mission has been to provide hope and relief to registered patients in Georgia.
“Between our five owned dispensaries and nearly 120 exclusive, independent pharmacy partners, close to 90% of the state’s population will be within 30 minutes of access to Botanical Sciences’ medical cannabis.
“We’re proud to lead the way in Georgia and serve as a model for our country leveraging the trust and professionalism of pharmacists to provide equitable access for registered patients.”
Botanical Sciences has said it has been working closely with the Georgia Board of Pharmacy, the Georgia Pharmacy Association, and the Academy of Independent Pharmacy to operationalise this approach.
Patients who have received a recommendation from their physician and obtained their medical cannabis card will now have increased access to cannabis medicines.