Medical Marijuana dispensary weeks away from naming pharmacy site

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – In the next few months, a decision will be made on where Acadiana’s first medical marijuana dispensary will be located.

The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy has narrowed the list of possible sites of a medical marijuana pharmacy to two locations.

One of them is at 620 Guilbeau not far from its intersection with Ambassador Caffery.
The second potential location is about 4.5 miles from the first at 1015 Kaliste Saloom.

So, medical marijuana is coming to Acadiana, the only question is where to set up shop.

With several high ranking Acadiana officials from Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mark Garber to Lafayette City-Parish President Joel Robideaux already giving their stamp of approval to the companies vying for Acadiana’s exclusive medical marijuana pharmacy, Acadiana residents are just hoping it helps those who need healing.

“I am all for, from a medical standpoint, if there is anything that can be provided to our families, citizens that could help I would be for that”, Lafayette resident Lee Smith said.

Elizabeth Faust, also from Lafayette Parish said, “It’s worth a try. A lot of people with difficult to treat illnesses has been shown beneficial.”

Some of those diseases include M.S, Epilepsy, and seizure just to name a few among the ten that permit the use of medical marijuana. But how would those who qualify get their medication?

“A pharmacist has to apply with the Louisiana border of medical examiners for a certificate to be able to recommend medical marijuana.”

District 22 Senator Fred Mills says the marijuana would be grown and cultivated at agriculture centers at Southern University and LSU.

“Turning it into an oil and you will be able to get it in not the smokable form but in the form of an oil or what they compound it into.”

As it relates to the location of the Acadiana dispensary, it will be one of 10 in the state.

According to Senator Mills, the criteria to obtain the permit is stringent and thorough.

“It’s not just a fly by night program. It’s very very regulated but, at the end of the day our goal is to get this medication to citizens that have debilitating diseases.”

The Board Application Review Committee interviewed 44 applicants for the medical marijuana permit.

In Acadiana there was a tie between Acadiana Therapeutic Remedies and The Acadiana Apothecary Shoppe.

A decision should be made in the next few weeks.

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