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Dr Marie Sartain
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Pharmacies in Georgia gearing up to sell medical cannabis

Georgia is set to become the first state to allow independent pharmacies to sell medical cannabis. In early October, the Georgia Board of Pharmacy began accepting over 120 applications from pharmacies who agreed to provide cannabis from one of the state’s two licensed production companies.

Georgia’s 2019 cannabis law allows independent pharmacists across Georgia to dispense cannabis oil to patients without association of an approved producer. Georgia’s legislature passed a bill in 2019 setting up a licensing process for companies to grow cannabis indoors under close supervision, convert the plant to oil, and sell the product to patients with a doctor’s prescription if they are in a registry run by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Patients will be able to buy cannabis oil at Georgia pharmacies if they show a state-issued low THC oil registry card and identification.

THC is the principal psychoactive compound of cannabis. Low THC oil can contain no more than 5% THC.

There are over 400 independent pharmacies in Georgia. Cannabis products are not being sold in retail community pharmacies like CVS.

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