Pharmacies in Georgia to sell low-dose THC products

Published: Oct. 23, 2023 at 10:23 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 23, 2023 at 11:13 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Among the Tylenol, and high blood pressure medicine, something new will soon be stocked on pharmacy shelves - medical cannabis.

Georgia will become the first state to sell medical cannabis in pharmacies.

The Georgia Board of Pharmacies has been processing the applications of nearly 130 locally-owned pharmacies that want to sell low-dose cannabis products.

“You will start to see a rollout in pharmacies making our products available over the coming week,” said Gary Long.

Gary Long is the CEO of Botanical Sciences one of only two licensed marijuana distributors in Georgia. He says that this is an exciting advancement for the industry.

Up until now, there have been only five locations where Botanical Sciences was able to sell their THC products.

“There is no way that we can reach all 11 million people and so we feel that being able to dispense our products through the trust and professionalism of a pharmacy is a game changer,” said Long.

In 2015, Georgia became the 26th state to legalize medical marijuana. Now, it has become a trailblazer for the medical cannabis industry.

“I think it is really revolutionary how our state thought about this and is pioneering this particular approach, among all other states,” said Long.

Botanical Sciences say that they have already created deals with over 130 local pharmacies throughout the state - widening access for patients.

“Collectively we want to make sure that they can gain access to those products versus having to go to other states or get it on the enlisted market. Neither of those is good for the patients of the state of Georgia, and I think we need to keep that as the focus,” said Long.

Under state law, THC products must be under 5% THC. So the products that will be packaged and sold will have to meet those standards.