The government of the Spanish
region of Catalonia announced March 31 that it would support providing
medical marijuana in pharmacies, and now local and national pharmacists'
organizations are asking the government to provide actions to accompany
those words, the Spanish medical news service DiarioMedico.com reported.
The government of Catalonia is medical marijuana-friendly; three years
ago the Catalan parliament unanimously asked the national government to
legalize the therapeutic use of the herb. So are Catalonian pharmacists;
the Pharmacists Association of Barcelona has already created a guidebook
for medical marijuana use.
Now that same group is calling
on the Catalonian government to conduct a pilot study of distributing marijuana
through Catalan pharmacies, and it is being backed by the national Federation
of Spanish Pharmacists. The national group's president, Isabel Vallejo,
told DiarioMedico.com the organization backed the call for a pilot project.
"You can't ignore it, because
there is a population that could find itself benefiting from it," she said.
A pilot project could help determine safe dosage levels, she added. "All
medicines have a window of safety and in this sense cannabis must be treated
like whatever other substance that could produce health benefits," she
said. And who better to speak out on pot in pharmacies, said Vallejo. "Since
we are talking about the medical and therapeutic use, there always has
to be input from pharmacists, since we are specialists in pharmaceuticals."
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