New law may allow pharmacists to open marijuana dispensaries in Chicago

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(KPLR) – Pharmacists in Chicago are asking to be allowed to open and operate medical marijuana dispensaries.

They’re saying who better than pharmacists who understand dosing and side effects.

But there’s one problem. Their federal licenses prohibit them from dispensing it.

Pharmacists are also pushing to reclassify the drug as a “schedule 2” substance for medical use.

The new Illinois law took effect January first allowing marijuana sales for around 35 chronic medical conditions.

State regulators plan to oversee the sale of the flower as a part of a four-year pilot program.

They don’t expect patients to start getting marijuana until next year.