Louisiana has taken over five years to begin to deliver any medication to any patients. And now just a small trickle.
And it's way more expensive. And it's another state insisting on calling its very few authorized dispensaries "pharmacies."
We trust you get where we're going on this by now…??
It would be a nice for dispensaries to have the services of a consulting clinical pharmacist (not just any pharmacist, one trained to actually deal with patients and not just to safely pour meds and check for drug interaction) on a per request basis. For fourteen dispensaries we rough estimate four or five would be plenty to meet the needs. Maybe two or three would do the job.
Then the state's dispensaries could have rational budgets and not have to close everytime their pharmacist has to go pick up a kid from school or whatever comes up as things do.
And no, we're not going to participate in the sham of calling Utah's planned outlets "pharmacies." We know what pharmacies are and what they do, and it's nothing like what medical cannabis dispensaries do. RX pharmacies deal with thousands of drugs, nearly all somewhat to highly toxic, and some highly toxic in combination with each other, and they're working with hundreds of insurers, and it's a very complex way of distributing all kinds of dangerous synthetic drugs.
The Utah stores are going to offer at most a hundred or so separate products. Maybe 200, we can't say, but they're all going to be simply variations on THC and CBD delivery vehicles, none more toxic than the products being sold over the counter in 11 states now, no complex insurance transactions involved, etc., etc. And in time the great majority of customers will be repeat buyers who simply need no counseling if they ever did.
And in those situations certified, experienced bud tenders – who get paid somewhere a sixth and a third of a pharmacist's salary are actually more appropriate (not to mention much more highly cost effective) than pharmacists.
It's just a waste in the service of a fake vision of "Utah way medicalized medical cannabis" that a certain special interest had created and insisted on wrapping around what they still see as "the devil's lettuce."
We hope someone is whispering these logical things in some lawmakers' ears before we end up doing as poor a job as Louisiana…
“I thought this would be my miracle and its great, but I just can't afford it,” said Hyer.