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New Orleans has just authorised their first cannabis pharmacy to operate the first medical marijuana services in Louisiana.
A seven-member subcommittee from the states Pharmacy Board ranked the companies and the rest of the board became the advisory panel whose job on Tuesday was to award the operating permit.
One prospective pharmacist described himself as a second-generation pharmacist who took over his family’s business his father started more than 50 years ago, pressed on the board his local roots and longevity in business. This pitch seemed to sway the committee who awarded his company, H&W the permit.
Louisiana law requires that the Pharmacy Board must directly control the permit process. The board has said that it will issue a total of nine permits, one for each of the state’s health care areas.
State law bans cannabis from being sold in any form that can be smoked. This means that the forms sold at state-permitted dispensaries are going to be in the form of pills and oils.
94% of Americans feel that adults should be permitted to use medical cannabis for certain conditions. Though cannabis remains banned at a federal level, more and more states are allowing its use in some context, and social attitudes towards the drug have changed massively.