The officials said numerous private pharmacies, including Super-Pharm chain pharmacies, have asked the ministry to sell prescription marijuana, and are in the process of being issued the required permits. The health maintenance organization (kupat holim) pharmacies have so far not shown an interest in taking part in the move.

Selling marijuana in pharmacies is part of the Health Ministry’s drive to revamp the process of medical marijuana distribution. Interested pharmacies are required to apply for a permit from the Health Ministry, commit to strict storage and security procedures and train pharmacists to distribute the products. The ministry will not restrict the number of pharmacies permitted to supply marijuana.

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