First US pharmacist to legally sell medical cannabis in Georgia

First US pharmacist to legally sell medical cannabis in Georgia | Credits: Google
First US pharmacist to legally sell medical cannabis in Georgia | Credits: Google

US: The United States has its first pharmaceutical pioneer, pharmacist Dr Ankil Patel, who will legally sell medical cannabis from a counter.

After achieving this milestone, Dr Patel said that it is awesome as it is historic.

The reports have suggested that the state license to sell low-THC medical cannabis is owned by three pharmacies, including Patel’s Robins Pharmacy, Omega Pharmacy and the Allen Pharmacy Group.

According to the reports by CNN, THC, biologically known as tetrahydrocannabinol, comes from a part of the cannabis plant. It is responsible for producing a “high” – one of the prime reasons doctors suggest this to patients dealing with pain, nausea, insomnia and other issues.

Georgia – the only state to allow selling of medical cannabis

Various reports have suggested that cannabis has been legal in some parts of the US for many decades, but only Georgia is given permission to sell medical cannabis.

First US pharmacist to legally sell medical cannabis in Georgia | Credits: Google

In 2019, the Georgia General Assembly agreed to allow the sale of low-dose THC oil, but it took a while for the state to set up the regulations to sell it. Just last month, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp approved the Pharmacy Board’s rules, which now allow pharmacies to sell THC.

In this regard, Patel stated, “I’ve been following the laws in Georgia about passing it, and I’ve been excited about this possibility for about four years now. When they finally said independent pharmacies would be able to carry it, I filled out the license form immediately. I knew I had to get this,” as per CNN.

How to attain state approval

Pharmacies seeking state approval need to apply and undergo an inspection by the state drugs and narcotics agency. During the inspection, the agency reviews the store’s security and asks staff about their knowledge of the products and their handling procedures. If the requirements are met by the stores, a dispensing license will be issued by the state.

It is to be noted that cannabis products must be kept on shelves with other prescribed medicines.

First US pharmacist to legally sell medical cannabis in Georgia | Credits: Google

Remarks by the owner of Allen Pharmacy Group

The owner of Allen Pharmacy Group – Bill Posey, highlighted, “Blood pressure medicine is also considered a ‘dangerous’ drug in this circumstance. Every day, we sell drugs that I would consider more dangerous than medical cannabis.”

Allen Pharmacy will commence the selling of the THC products from Monday. According to CNN, Posey noted, “We have already had someone calling, wanting to know when they can come in and make a purchase, so I know there’s a need.”

He further stated that many doctors have been prescribing medical cannabis to patients – for which they have to travel out of the state. He expressed, “It’s going to be great.”

In addition to this, he expressed that medical cannabis has been proven to be a good replacement for pain relievers like opioids, which often leave people feeling disconnected. According to medical expert, people who have used medical cannabis to treat pain have said that they can perform their normal activities after consuming it.

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