On May 23, 2018, we published revised versions of our Privacy Policy and User Agreements. Please read these updated terms and take some time to understand them. Your use of our services is subject to these revised terms.
Yes, I Agree.

420 with CNW — Feds Pour Cold Water on Efforts by Georgia to Sell Medical Cannabis in Pharmacies

Georgia’s ambition to become the first state to allow pharmacies to distribute medical-cannabis products faces a setback as the DEA issued a stern warning. On Nov. 27, 2023, the agency cautioned pharmacies that dispensing medical cannabis violates federal law, urging Georgia to reconsider its plans.

The state’s pharmacy board, which initiated the acceptance of applications for dispensing medical cannabis products in October, has already granted licenses to 23 pharmacies in the state. The state’s medical marijuana commission, GMCC, acknowledges the federal directive. Despite state law permitting pharmacies to dispense medical marijuana, the commission, under the leadership of Andrew Turnage, cannot override the federal warning. Turnage expressed the state’s desire to continue allowing pharmacists to provide consultations for medical marijuana, paralleling their role with other medications.

According to the DEA’s memorandum to pharmacies, handling or dispensing cannabis or related products containing more than 0.3% THC is deemed unlawful. While Georgia allows medical-cannabis patients to purchase cannabis products containing up to 5% THC, the agency categorizes products exceeding 0.3% THC content as illegal under federal law.

Since 2015, Georgia has permitted patients with certain illnesses, sanctioned by physicians, to possess and consume low-THC medical-marijuana products. However, legal acquisition of the product within the state’s borders only became possible in April this year.

Nationwide, 24 states have legalized cannabis for recreational use, and an additional 23 allow medical marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The recent DEA notice, disseminated online by the anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Cannabis, prompted varied reactions. Some responses, such as the one from Ira Katz of Little Five Points Pharmacy, indicate pharmacies should be allowed to dispense medical-cannabis products akin to marijuana dispensaries. Conversely, Mahlon Davidson, interim CEO of the Georgia Pharmacy Association, expressed skepticism about independent pharmacists jeopardizing their businesses by contravening the DEA’s directives.

Opponents of recreational and medical cannabis legalization argue that the DEA’s directive serves to protect consumers and allows for further research. Michael Mumper, executive director of the nonprofit Georgians for Responsible Cannabis Policy, emphasized the trust consumers place in drugs dispensed from pharmacies, highlighting FDA approval and federal legality, aspects he contends are lacking in medical cannabis.

The federal perspective might transform with a recent proposal seeking to ease restrictions on cannabis. The HHS recommended removing cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III in August. The decision on this currently lies with the DEA, which is in charge of controlling substance classification in the United States.

The success of pharmacies in Georgia selling medical cannabis could have provided an interesting channel that would have interested other marijuana entities such as Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON) and other states looking to improve their cannabis markets.

About CNW420

CNW420 spotlights the latest developments in the rapidly evolving cannabis industry through the release of two informative articles each business day. Our concise, informative content serves as a gateway for investors interested in the legalized cannabis sector and provides updates on how regulatory developments may impact financial markets. Articles are released each business day at 4:20 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. Eastern – our tribute to the time synonymous with cannabis culture. If marijuana and the burgeoning industry surrounding it are on your radar, CNW420 is for you! Check back daily to stay up-to-date on the latest milestones in the fast -changing world of cannabis.

To receive SMS alerts from CNW, text CANNABIS to 888-902-4192 (U.S. Mobile Phones Only)

For more information, please visit https://www.CannabisNewsWire.com

Please see full terms of use and disclaimers on the CannabisNewsWire website applicable to all content provided by CNW, wherever published or re-published: https://www.CannabisNewsWire.com/Disclaimer

CannabisNewsWire
Denver, CO
www.CannabisNewsWire.com
303.498.7722 Office
Editor@CannabisNewsWire.com

CannabisNewsWire is powered by IBN

Archives

Select A Month

Official NewsWire Relationships

Alternative Products Expo Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference Cannabis Business Summit & Expo 2019 Cannabis Drinks Expo Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition Cannexpo Marigold PR MjMicro Conference New England Cannabis Network O'Cannabiz Conference & Expo Tether BudTender Tether BudTender Appreciation Week

CannabisNewsWire Currently Accepts

Bitcoin

Bitcoin

Bitcoin Cash

Bitcoin Cash

Doge Coin

Dogecoin

Ethereum

Ethereum

Litecoin

Litecoin

USD Coin

USD Coin

Contact us: 303.498.7722