State cannabis laws present medical malpractice conundrum

The dispensing of medical marijuana varies significantly by state, with some states allowing risker environments than others, said Monica Bopha Taing, a clinical cannabis consultant, a board director of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation and a registered pharmacist who worked in a cannabis dispensary in New Jersey, directing its patient counseling program.

“All I could think about every day when I walked into the dispensary was that there’s just so much liability and so much risk” for the practitioners and the patients, she said.

In adjacent New York and some other states, dispensaries are staffed by pharmacists to comply with state law, but under New Jersey regulations patients can interact with so-called budtenders who may only have a high school diploma, Ms. Taing said.

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