By: Paul DeMuro, Ph.D., J.D., M.B.A., CPA and Jose Valdes
Pharmacists may well be the best equipped to assist in closing the knowledge gap doctors face as states approve medical marijuana laws.
Who might better determine how marijuana interacts with the nervous system and other medications, as well as its side effects, than those in the pharmacy profession who spend years in academic and practical programs, studying medications, their interactions, and side effects?
Some states are catching on to this idea, requiring that a board certified pharmacist be involved in the dispensing of medical marijuana. Soon pharmacists’ asking their patients if they use marijuana may become an important question as it becomes more widely researched and used.
How will the federal government and its agencies fund and/or facilitate the funding of such research if the Drug Enforcement Agency still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug? Currently, the University of Mississippi is the only university authorized to grow the drug for use in medical studies so this has limited the supply of marijuana for federally approved research purposes.
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