Arkansas pharmacists oppose medical marijuana initiative

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The Arkansas Pharmacists Association (APA) said it will oppose the “Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act” because the proposal does not incorporate pharmacists and due to conflicts with federal law.

The group left the door open to potential future support for a medical marijuana measure under a different scenario.

“The APA opposes this Act as it is currently written,” it said. “APA’s position on the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act should not be construed as directly supporting or opposing the legalization of marijuana; rather, the position reflects directly the question that will be placed before Arkansas voters in November.”

“The APA believes that if marijuana is legalized in Arkansas, pharmacists should be the healthcare professionals who dispense the medication, not unlicensed, untrained individuals who work in ‘marijuana dispensaries,’” said APA Executive Vice President Mark Riley. “Pharmacists are highly educated healthcare professionals who understand the pharmacology of medications, including marijuana.  There are Arkansas licensed pharmacies in 74 of Arkansas’s 75 counties providing access for patients throughout the state.”

Arkansas pharmacies and pharmacists are highly regulated by the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy and the non-profit dispensaries that would be created by the passage of the act would not be regulated by the state board, the APA said.

“With lack of such extensive oversight, patient safety and the security of the drug itself may be in jeopardy,” the APA said.

The pharmacists’ group said passage of the law would place Arkansas squarely at odds with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration regulations that classify marijuana as a Schedule I controlled-substance.


“If Arkansas wishes to legalize marijuana, then the first step should be to pursue DEA regulatory changes to declassify marijuana as a schedule I controlled substance,” the APA said.

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Pharmacists are not Doctors

Pharmacists are not Doctors or scientists, just say nope to FDA dope and yes to cannabis......

Vote Yes on Medical Marijuana

Marijuana has never caused a single death due to overdose or adverse drug reaction in 5,000 years of use. These Pharmacists should know that the pharmaceutical pills they are selling now are the #1 drug problem in the U.S. The American Medical Association has reported that "Results of short term controlled trials indicate that smoked cannabis reduces neuropathic pain, improves appetite and caloric intake especially in patients with reduced muscle mass,and may relieve spasticity and pain in patients with multiple sclerosis." Source: REPORT 3 OF THE COUNCIL ON SCIENCE AND PUBLIC HEALTH (I-09) Use of Cannabis for Medicinal Purposes (Resolutions 910, I-08;921, I-08;and 229, A-09) (Reference Committee K)

Plain Silly

Pharmacists may not be doctors but Pharmacists are healthcare professionals who practice in pharmacy, the field of health sciences focusing on safe and effective medication use. The pharmacist is an integrated member of the health care team directly involved in patient care. Pharmacists undergo university-level and graduate level education to understand biochemical mechanisms of action of drugs, drug uses and therapeutic roles, side effects, potential drug interactions, and monitoring parameters. This is mated to education in anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology. Professional interpretation and communication of this specialized knowledge to patients, physicians, and other health care providers are functions which pharmacists provide, and are central to the provision of safe and effective drug therapy. Definition courtesy of Wikipedia.

Pharmacies and greed

This is the pharmacists just trying to cash in on a safer drug that has killed no one in 5000 years. Also they are merely trying to perpetuate the same garbage that has been spouted by the government (which started this race-based prohibition crap in the first place) for over 65 years. Wake up you dummies! There are about 200 conditions of the human body that responds in a positive way, to the thc and cbd's present in this amazing plant. Why keep it on schedule 1!

Um, yes they are....

Pharmacist = **DOCTOR** of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Here's a better example of who is *not* a Doctor -

Oh really?

7-8 years of studies focusing on the pharmacological significance of drugs and the therapies involved...your right they don't deserve to be called doctors.