DEA warns Georgia towards permitting pharmacies to promote medical marijuana

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DEA warns Georgia towards permitting pharmacies to promote medical marijuana


The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is warning Georgia to not transfer ahead with its plan to grow to be the primary state to permit pharmacies to distribute medical marijuana.

DEA officers instructed pharmacies that allotting medical marijuana would violate federal legislation. The Georgia Entry to Medical Hashish Fee, which oversees the state’s medical marijuana business, mentioned it can’t override the federal ban regardless of state legislation permitting pharmacies to promote the merchandise.

The Georgia Board of Pharmacy started accepting purposes in October for pharmacies to dispense marijuana merchandise. Licenses have already been issued to 23 impartial pharmacies within the Peach State.

The state needs pharmacists to be allowed to proceed offering consultations for medical hashish merchandise as they do with different treatment, The Georgia Entry to Medical Hashish Fee’s government director Andrew Turnage instructed The Atlanta Journal-Structure.

The DEA mentioned in a memo despatched to pharmacies that none of them can lawfully possess, deal with or dispense marijuana or associated merchandise containing greater than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive chemical generally known as THC that provides folks a excessive.

The DEA memo was printed on-line by the group Sensible Approaches to Marijuana, which opposes marijuana legalization.

Federal officers instructed Georgia to finish its plan to grow to be the primary state to permit pharmacies to distribute medical marijuana as a result of it will violate federal legislation. AFP through Getty Photographs

Georgia permits sufferers with medical wants to purchase medical marijuana merchandise with as much as 5% THC, whereas marijuana bought for leisure use usually has a better stage.

In line with the DEA, merchandise derived from a hashish plant with a THC content material above 0.3% are unlawful underneath federal drug legislation.

The state has permitted sufferers with sure diseases and doctor approval to own and eat low-THC medical hashish merchandise since 2015, however there was no authorized approach for them to purchase the product in Georgia.

Georgia permits sufferers with medical wants to purchase medical marijuana merchandise with as much as 5% THC, whereas marijuana bought for leisure use usually has a better stage. AP

Leisure marijuana is authorized in 24 states throughout the nation, whereas one other 23 enable some type of medical hashish, based on the Nationwide Convention of State Legislatures.

Ira Katz of Little 5 Factors Pharmacy in Atlanta instructed WXIA-TV that he believes pharmacies ought to be capable of dispense marijuana merchandise similar to marijuana dispensaries do.

“It simply doesn’t make any sense to me that folks can go to a dispensary and to not a pharmacy,” he mentioned. “We might be shopping for it from the identical growers.”

Georgia permits sufferers with medical wants to purchase medical marijuana merchandise with as much as 5% THC, whereas marijuana bought for leisure use usually has a better stage. Getty Photographs/iStockphoto

Whereas Katz mentioned he understands federal legislation trumps state legislation, he believes the DEA’s stance will harm sufferers who depend on medical hashish.

“We’re probably the most regulated business in healthcare. That’s what shocked me. That’s what blows me away with regards to why the DEA just isn’t shifting on this. They don’t see what we see right here each single day,” Katz mentioned, referring to sufferers who want the medication.

The DEA’s stance might change if a latest proposal to ease restrictions on marijuana strikes ahead. In August, the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers proposed taking marijuana off the banned listing of Schedule I substances and reclassifying it as a lower-risk Schedule III drug.


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