On October 9, 2020, a decree paved the way for theexperimentation with cannabis for medical use, for a limited number of pathologies. But for a pharmacist to be able to deliver this psychotropic substance to his clients, he must undergo prior training, indicates the National Drug Safety Agency (ANSM) in a press release dated April 29, 2021.
Therefore, not all pharmacies are able to dispense cannabis for medical use, which comes in different forms (dried flowers for inhalation by spraying, or oral or sublingual forms of cannabis oil).
The ANSM has therefore published a provisional list, which will grow over the months as pharmacists are trained. Authorized pharmacies are those in which at least one pharmacist has already followed and validated the mandatory prior training. The ANSM encourages patients to request the participation of their local pharmacist so that he / she follows the training and commits to the experiment.
List and map of authorized pharmacies can be downloaded on the ANSM website.
In Ile-de-France, three town pharmacies are part of the list, and are located in Argenteuil, Corbeil-Essonne and Paris 5e. For example, there are three pharmacies authorized in Normandy, 7 in Auvergne-Rhones-Alpes, or 4 in the region Center-Val-de-Loire.
Note that many pharmacies for indoor use, located in hospitals, are authorized to return cannabis for medical use.
It should be remembered that in total, 3,000 people in mainland France and overseas benefit from this experiment.