State considers expanding access to medical cannabis at some Georgia pharmacies

Lotions and tinctures containing Cannabis oil are displayed in glass cases at Trulieve, a medical cannabis dispensary in Marietta, Ga on Friday, April 28, 2023. (Matthew Pearson/WABE)

The Georgia Board of Pharmacy is considering a group of proposals that would allow medical cannabis products to be sold at independent pharmacies. This would exclude pharmacy chains such as CVS or Walgreens.

The products would only come from Georgia’s two licensed producers, Botanical Sciences and Trulieve.

Right now, the 27,000 patients on Georgia’s low-THC registry can only legally access medical cannabis at Trulieve dispensaries in Marietta and Macon. Trulieve is also licensed to open dispensaries in Newnan and Pooler. Botanical Sciences is licensed to open locations in Marietta and Pooler. Those four locations are expected to open this summer.

The Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission can issue licenses for up to 12 dispensaries for the whole state of Georgia, based on current law.

Board of Pharmacy member Cecil Cordle spoke at the May meeting of the state Medical Cannabis Commission.

“I do think that there will be a significant number of people who do participate in providing product, but I don’t have a quantitative number to tell you whether that’s 10 or 150,” Cordle said.

Cordle pointed out that there are portions of Georgia where a dispensary would not be viable but that pharmacies could provide the product.

The Board of Pharmacy is set to consider the proposals during their June 14 meeting.