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    Walgreens sending medical marijuana smoke signals?


    Walgreens’ posting of a seemingly sympathetic blog about the use of medical marijuana has created quite a buzz, with some online observers speculating the retail chain has its sight on that lucrative industry.

    But a Walgreens spokesperson insists the chain has not taken a stance on the use of medical marijuana and cautions people against reading too much into the blog posting. Pharmacies cannot legally dispense medical marijuana.

    The blog, entitled “What is Medical Marijuana? Clarifying Clinical Cannabis,” was written by Dahlia Sultan, who is a resident pharmacist at Walgreens and associated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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    At various points in the blog, Sultan, a PharmD, suggests “marijuana provides pain relief in ways traditional medicines don’t” and “medical marijuana can improve appetite and relieve nausea in those who have cancer and may help relieve symptoms such as muscle stiffness in people who have multiple sclerosis.”

    Not surprisingly, the blog has attracted the attention of medical marijuana advocates. Some believe that pressure from giant retailers such as Walgreens could eventually convince the federal government to reclassify marijuana so that it could be dispensed by pharmacies.

    Despite what Walgreens is saying, some bloggers offered their own interpretations of the chain’s motives in posting the blog.

    “D*** right Walgreens wants to be able to add MMJ to their pharmacy and rake in money off it,” one Tumblr blogger wrote. “Dispensaries are big business out here.”  

    Christine Blank
    Contributing Editor Christine Blank is a freelance writer based in Florida.


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