Walgreens says it’s not taking stance on Marijuana issue
Walgreens operates the largest drug retailing chain in the United States. Walgreens has recently commented on medical marijuana issue. Though the retail chain is not licensed provider of medical marijuana, a recent post on the company’s Stay Well Tumblr blog was devoted to cannabis.
The post was written by Dahlia Sultan, a pharmacy resident at the University of Illinois and Walgreens, to inform people about differences between a vaporizer and edible marijuana. The note says Walgreens advises customers to take information on medical marijuana from their doctors. It also stated that researchers have been successful in showing that marijuana gives relief from pain in many conditions, and in ways traditional medicines do not.
The article written on cannabis cites medical studies from the National Cancer Institute and the National Center for Biotechnology Information. “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”, reads the post written by Sultan.
Like Walgreens, few other national brands have talked about legal cannabis. So far, 23 states have legalized use of medical marijuana, while four states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational cannabis. The medical marijuana is getting popular and receiving recognition. In next few years, the legal marijuana industry is expected to grow considerably.
The post by Walgreens is seen by many as motive driven. Alan Brochstein, founder of 420 Investor, said that the post is an honest, helpful piece and that it adds legitimacy to the whole medical cannabis market. The 420 Investor is an investor community for public traded marijuana companies.
On the other hand, Walgreen’s spokesman Jim Cohn said that the article written by Sultan was for customers who were asking questions regarding medical marijuana. And that the article does not take a stance on marijuana legalization.
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