Joseph FriedmanPharmacist

areas of expertise
  • Pharmacist 
  • Former Dispensary Owner
  • Restructuring and turnaround
  • Pharmacist Training
  • Growth strategy
  • Board of Director member at MCAI
  • Pharmacist – retail, hospital, compounding
  • Founder/Former Principle – PDI Medical
  • Accredited Member – NMMAO

Joseph Friedman, R.Ph. MBA, is founding member and was a 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 as a medical expert on cannabis.

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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 57 granted a license. Friedman has a pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy, and a MBA from Illinois’ Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Through Friedman’s efforts, PDI Medical will 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 has also orchestrated the first ever pharmacy student “clinical” rotation at a medical cannabis dispensary. PDI Medical is working with Chicago’s Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy and Chicago State University College of Pharmacy. Pharmacy student rotations began October 3, 2016. This unique clinical rotation has been a tremendous success for the patients of PDI Medical, and the young pharmacy students involved.

Friedman is currently the National Director of Pharmacy at Cresco Labs. He previously was Director of Marketing and Business Development at Mark Drugs North Shore, a specialty compounding pharmacy in Deerfield, Illinois.
He was Director of Pharmacy at Topco Associates LLC, and was Senior Director of Pharmacy Marketing at the Nash Company in Minneapolis.

Industry Experience

Friedman has become a content expert in the scientific, legal, social, political, and financial challeng-es facing U.S. entrants to the burgeoning medical cannabis industry. He has contributed to several published articles in the Chicago Tribune, Pharmacy Practice News, Marijuana Business Daily, Crain’s Chicago Business,, The Daily Herald and the UIC College of Pharmacy newslet-ter. Friedman has been published In the December 2013, and November 2015 issue of Drug Topics. These articles have been syndicated in healthcare trade journals across the country. In April 2014, Friedman presented at the NASP (National Association of Specialty Pharmacy) EXPO on the topic, “Specialty Pharmacists’ Role in the Legalization, Distribution & Therapy Management of Medical Cannabis.” Since the NASP EXPO event, Friedman has presented many times at pharmacy and can-nabis events across the country.

Friedman was a keynote speaker at the “Marijuana for Medical Professionals” convention in Denver Colorado, November 14-16, 2016. Friedman’s presentation along with 45 other keynote presenters is available on the Green Flower Media network.

Friedman has set the record for the most interviewed guest on The Pharmacy Podcast Show. His 4th interview occurred on a special “420” edition of the podcast show released on April 20, 2017. The Pharmacy Podcast show is accessed by thousands of pharmacists throughout the world.

Friedman was invited to share his experience and expertise in an AMA (ask me anything) program sponsored by QID.IO, an online exchange for pharmacists around the world.

On March 16, 2017, Friedman was invited to present at the Indiana State Capital building in Indian-apolis. Fox News 59 covered the event. Indiana’s Governor Holcomb recently signed SB15 into law.

Friedman works tirelessly to advocate for pharmacists’ involvement in our nation’s medical canna-bis industry, and is a Board of Director member at MCAI (Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois). MCAI is the dominant trade association in Illinois with membership made up of the majority of growers and dispensary owners in Illinois.

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Joe, Stuart and Brad are very knowledgeable about medical marijuana dispensing and together bring a depth of experience from both a business and a science perspective. Their guidance and contributions were crucial in helping us to concretize details in our business plan, and their assistance with our application was invaluable. We especially appreciated their willingness to dig into details and help us work through and find solutions to issues that arose as we put together our application. CannaRPH’s professionalism, integrity and fluency with both the pharmacy and dispensary worlds to be a breath of fresh air that set them apart from competitor consulting firms.

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