DEA Telling Georgia Shops that They Might Be Breaking the Law if They Have Medical Marijuana on Hand or Sell It!


The Diversion Control Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is telling pharmacies across the state that they might be breaking federal law if they have medical marijuana on hand or sell it. Georgia was the first state in the country to let pharmacists sell medical marijuana earlier this year.

Michael Mumper of Georgians for Responsible Marijuana Police, who is against Georgia’s medical marijuana law, is glad that the DEA has warned that shops could be targeted.

Mumpers said Wednesday night, “I think that in the short term, the pharmacies that started giving out medical marijuana would have to stop or risk getting in trouble with the DEA.”

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Why is the Dea Targeting Georgia?

There has always been tension between the fact that marijuana is banned at the federal level and the fact that 38 states allow it for medical reasons and 24 now allow it for recreational reasons, Mumpers said. “There was always a lot of worry about where the federal government would draw the line.” Georgia went the extra mile because it was the first state in the country to let shops sell medical marijuana. I believe they pushed the DEA to a certain level.

In October, pharmacists like Ira Katz of Little Five Points Pharmacy in Atlanta started getting ready to sell low-THC oil products. The Georgia Board of Pharmacy approved this.

“We believe that this is an important thing,” Katz told 11Alive in October, “because who better than your independent pharmacist, who knows your history and knows your medical history, can dispense medical marijuana best?”

11Alive tried to call the Georgia Board of Pharmacy Wednesday night but couldn’t. Dr. Kevin Sabet of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, who is also against Georgia’s medical marijuana program, thinks that Georgian pharmacies could get in trouble with the DEA if they sell what they think is low-THC oil when it might have a slightly higher THC content.

According to Sabet, a product might claim to have a low level when, in fact, it contains more than 3%. “That way, the pharmacy runs the big risk of losing their whole DEA registration, which no pharmacy would want to happen.”

People shouldn’t think it’s strange that the DEA would try to step in when pharmacists who are licensed to handle sensitive materials or drugs would also be dealing illegal drugs, Sabet said. “It is against the law for pharmacies to sell marijuana, no matter what the state law says, because federal law is the law.”

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