2 Lafayette pharmacies vie for medical marijuana permit


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Two businesses are in the running for an exclusive license to operate a medical marijuana pharmacy in Lafayette.(Photo: AP)

Two Lafayette businesses are vying for an exclusive permit to operate a medical marijuana pharmacy serving patients in Acadiana.

The single Acadiana permit is one of nine or 10 that will be issued throughout Louisiana, one for each distinct region.

Applications submitted by Acadiana Therapeutic Remedies, which would be located on Kaliste Saloom Road, and The Apothecary Shoppe, which would be located on Guilbeau Road, are under review by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.

 A decision could be made as early as April 17, according to news reports.

In 2015, a law was approved allowing physicians to prescribe medical marijuana in Louisiana. The product will only be available at selected specialty pharmacies.

Medical marijuana is limited to patients with certain conditions, including cancer, HIV, AIDS, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis.

The Louisiana Legislature is considering expanding the list of conditions to include glaucoma, post traumatic stress disorder and more.

READ MORE: Louisiana Legislature may expand allowed uses of medical marijuana

Acadiana Therapeutic Remedies would occupy space at 1015 Kaliste Saloom Road. Owners include Dr. Jessie Kevin Duplechain, Dr. Matthew Mitchell, Dr. Amarendar Kasaria, Dr. John Martin, and Shane and Chrsti Angelle Primeaux, the application package states.

Christine Angelle Primeaaux, a pharmacist in Lafayette since 1995, is listed as the owner’s managing officer and a company owner.

Shane Primeaux, co-owner of Park Pharmacy in Lafayette, would be the pharmacist-in-charge.

Helen Cobb would be the operations manager. She

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