The state's first license for a medical marijuana pharmacy was awarded Tuesday in the greater New Orleans region to the longstanding owner of H&W Drug Store to dispense the drug at a proposed Gentilly location.

The marijuana pharmacy would be at 4718 Paris Ave. H&W operates two regular pharmacy locations in New Orleans.

The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy's surprise vote gave H&W Drug Store the go-ahead despite the firm finishing fourth in the selection process.

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Sam Karlin ~ New Orleans Advocate

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