Pharmacies in Georgia last week began selling medical cannabis products to patients, becoming the first in the U.S. to participate in medical cannabis sales, CNN reports. State officials had approved the regulations earlier this month, paving the way for independent pharmacies to sell low-THC cannabis oils allowed under the state’s medical cannabis program.
Robins Pharmacy, Omega Pharmacy, and the Allen Pharmacy Group are the first three pharmacies in the state to get licenses to sell the products. State lawmakers had approved the law allowing pharmacies to sell the products in 2019, but it took years for the regulations to get final approval.
Dr. Ankit Patel, of Robins Pharmacy, told CNN he’s been “excited” about the possibility of selling the products “for about for years now” and that he had applied for the program “immediately.”
To get state approval, pharmacies submit an application and are inspected by the state drugs and narcotics agency. Inspectors investigate the store’s security, question the staff about how much they know about the products, and about how to handle the products, before the state will grant them the license.
Bill Posey, the owner of Allen Pharmacy Group told CNN he already has patients calling about when they could start buying the products.
“It’s going to be great,” he said.
Under the state’s medical cannabis law, there are 16 medical conditions that allow patients to access the low-THC oils.
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