A strip mall in Gentilly reportedly would shelter one of the state’s first medical marijuana pharmacies. The owner Ruston Henry said that he has a “four-prong” security plan for the New Orleans dispensary.

During his successful pitch on 17th April for one of the state’s nine regional permits, Henry said the state Pharmacy Board that this facility would be monitored for 24 hours a day. He further said that there would be motion detectors and video surveillance.

Henry, a pharmacist owning two locations of H&W Drugstore, Inc., has plans to open his third pharmacy at 4718 Paris Ave. in a leased space surrounded by the other retail shops, consisting of several fast food restaurants and a grocery store.

Henry told that he does not yet have an opening date. However, the board’s policy needs the marijuana pharmacies to start functioning within 310 days of being awarded a permit. That would imply that the opening, at the latest, would be by February 2019.

Henry said that everything that they do would go hand-in-hand with the approval of the board. He added that it is a partnership in between the facility and the board. He said that he has been a pharmacist for more than 30 years and that he wants the facility to be a model for the state.

Under the state law, the Paris Avenue pharmacy only could be used to dispense medical marijuana. Louisiana law prohibits marijuana from being sold in any form that could be smoked. The types to be sold at the state-permitted pharmacies would involve pills, oils, and topical creams that only could be dispensed to the patients with a physician’s recommendation form.

The state-permitted pharmacies would dispense marijuana that would be produced and manufactured in different forms by the vendors hired by the Louisiana State University and the Southern University, the only agricultural centers permitted by the state law to grow medicinal-grade marijuana.

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