Medical Marijuana

Illinois Pharmacists Ask to Run Pot Dispensaries

But federal licensing presents a problem


Pharmacist Joseph Friedman has a dream to open his own medical marijuana dispensary in Illinois.

Who better to oversee the recently legalized sale of medicinal pot, he asks, than pharmacists, who understand dosing, side effects and drug interactions?

"It makes perfect sense," he said. "After all, pharmacists are the drug experts."

One problem: Pharmacists' federal licenses prohibit them from dispensing the drug.