National Director of Pharmacy
Cannabis Pharmacist, National Speaker
Joseph Friedman, R.Ph. MBA is a founding member and principal at Professional Dispensaries of Illinois, (PDI) Medical LLC. From the moment Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Program was signed into law, he became deeply involved in the complex process of positioning himself to open one or more medical cannabis dispensaries in Illinois.
On February 2, 2015, Illinois’ Governor, Bruce Rauner conditionally awarded permits to operate medical cannabis dispensaries in Illinois. Friedman’s high scoring application was one of 55 granted a license. Friedman has a pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy, and an MBA from Illinois’ Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Though Friedman’s efforts, PDI Medical was to become the first accredited dispensary in the nation through Ohio based NMMAO (National Medical Marijuana Accreditation Organization). Medical cannabis dispensaries are licensed to serve a healthcare need and therefore should undergo the same stringent accreditation as all other healthcare providers in the U.S. Through accreditation, that role moves from one of simply selling a product to consumers to one focused on the overall clinical health and outcome of all patients. Dispensaries meeting the NMMAO accreditation criteria prove a heightened awareness of general healthcare industry standards and quality measurements through documented policies, procedures, processes, and attestations.
Friedman works tirelessly to advocate for pharmacists’ involvement in our nation’s medical cannabis industry and was a former Board of Director for the International Society of Cannabis Pharmacists (ISCPh). ISCPh is the dominant U.S. pharmacy trade association for pharmacists and pharmacy students interested in medical cannabis therapy.