MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – Medical marijuana – approved by state law – requires several more steps before it can be used in Alabama. The newly formed Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission, tasked with implementing a process to grow, test, and distribute medical marijuana, meets again next week.
With a background in pharmacy, Dr. Sam Blakemore, the Medical Cannabis Subcommittee for Pharmacies. In order for someone to own an issuing office, they must become a certified issuing office.
“The pharmacies are not pharmacies. But I think they should have pharmacy-like properties, ”Blakemore said.
Some CBD store owners say they are concerned that certified pharmacies are not a profitable business and that people could sell or prescribe cannabis illegally. This is called a distraction, and Blakemore said there will be a system to prevent this from happening.
“We need to be able to train certified donors so that they can withdraw the correct medical cannabis products that have been recommended by a doctor. Fill out this order correctly, make sure it has been properly verified against the patient registry, and then make sure the doctors have been verified, ”Blakemore said.
Blakemore recommends anyone interested in becoming a certified donor not to do so for the money.
“This is not something to get involved in just blindly making money. You must be passionate about helping people, ”said Blakemore.
Each certified donor can have three dispensing points, but Blakemore said more could potentially be opened if demand is there. Applications as a certified donor are not yet possible.
The Commission will hold another public hearing on September 9th at 12 noon in room 807 of the Statehouse. They are expected to vote on a new CEO.
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