GEORGIA – Georgia is set to become the first state in the U.S. to offer medical marijuana products at independent pharmacies, with around 120 pharmacies already agreeing to provide medication from Botanical Sciences, one of the state’s licensed production companies, ABC News reports.
Currently, Medical cannabis is restricted to those with physician-approved severe illnesses like seizures, terminal cancers, Parkinson’s disease, and PTSD, with low THC oil containing no more than 5% THC. This expansion aims to make low THC oil more accessible to patients, with about 90% of Georgia’s population expected to be within a 30-minute drive of a pharmacy offering cannabis.
“Pharmacists have been fielding questions from patients for years without ever having the ability to do anything about it,” said CEO for Botanical Sciences Gary Long. “Finally, they have the ability not just to give people advice but provide them with the therapies they’ve been seeking.”
This move is seen as a way to destigmatize the use of medical cannabis and provide patients with more accessible therapies.
The Georgia General Assembly approved the distribution of low THC oil in 2019, and after years of regulatory work, pharmacy sales are set to begin. However, officials say it may take a few weeks before medical cannabis becomes available at these pharmacies as inspections are required before approval.
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