The medical marijuana community traditionally has been skeptical of the pharmaceutical industry. After all, many patients are quick to point out the benefits of using medical marijuana versus pharmaceutical drugs. Pharmaceutical drugs are often highly addictive, expensive, don't always work, and can wreak havoc on a patient's body. Compare that to marijuana, which has virtually no side effects, and is a much safer alternative.
Under Michigan Senate Bill 660, Michigan medical marijuana patients would eventually be able to purchase medical marijuana products from pharmacies. Michigan's Senate approved the bill Wednesday. The bill would not replace the current system in Michigan - it would operate alongside the current system.
If the Senate bill is eventually passed in the Michigan House and signed by the Governor, it still wouldn't be implemented until the federal government reclassifies marijuana. Below is more about the Senate Bill via MLive.Com:
Under the proposal, the Michigan Department of Community Health would be tasked with licensing, registering and inspecting specialized marijuana manufacturing facilities. Those wishing to distribute would have to obtain a license from the Michigan Board of Pharmacy, as already required for other controlled substances.
Former state House Speaker Chuck Perricone, now working for Prairie Plant Systems Inc. of Canada, testified in support of the bill during a committee hearing last week. The bio-pharmaceutical company has been Canada's primary medical marijuana provider for more than a decade and already owns an underground facility in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Would you purchase marijuana from a pharmacy? I personally would prefer homegrown flower over any pharmaceutical product, marijuana or otherwise.