Pharmacists Increasingly Want Piece of MMJ Pie

Pharmacists could take a more prominent role in the medical cannabis industry down the road as new MMJ states consider the best way to dispense the drug to patients.

On Tuesday, several leading pharmacists in Illinois expressed interest in trying to tap the state’s new medical marijuana industry after a colleague pitched the idea to the state’s pharmacy board. It’s possible the board will seek to influence the rule-making process to carve out a role specifically for pharmacists in the business.

One other state has already gone this route: In Connecticut, only pharmacists can dispense medical marijuana. And in Michigan, the state’s governor recently signed a bill that would allow pharmacies to sell medical cannabis – if the federal government ever recognizes marijuana as a drug with health benefits.

The proposal to get pharmacists involved in Illinois is a long shot, given that it’s already somewhat late in the game. There would also likely be strong opposition from the medical marijuana industry, which fears allowing pharmacists to dispense the drug would open the door to a takeover by Big Pharma.

5 comments on “Pharmacists Increasingly Want Piece of MMJ Pie
  1. Michele Brooke on

    This would just be wrong.
    Big Pharma has been in the wings to be sure; watching to see if any benefit would come by the pioneers in this industry. They have/are taking no risk to deserve the right to dispense. The individuals and families who have put in the “sweat equity” in this industry, to create quality product, and count the cost of starting this industry, should be respected, and should not lose the benefits of their labors in this industry. In addition, pharmacies can do no better job than many of the industry professionals as far as distribution goes (and perhaps they can do a better job). Our “two cents”. Thank you.

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  2. wendy on

    Its a weed for god sakes.it can grow and has grown on this earth forever.the government has to stick there fingers ineverthing.people will just move to states where it is legal.so in time the profits of the legal states will catch on.I’m willing to move and just might be doing so.I would rather spend my money on weed taxes than bail money …

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  3. FULTON MILES on

    PHARMACIES BUYING FROM ESTABLISHED AND SOON TO BE MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPANSARIES, WOULD BE RIGHT. THINK OF ALL THE FOLKS THAT PUT IN HARD WORK FOR THE MOVEMENT.DONT LET BIG BUSINESS STEP ON US.PLAY RIGHT KEEP THE FEILD OF PLAY LEVEL.

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