Shoppers Drug Mart now a licensed medical marijuana producer
TORONTO — Shoppers Drug Mart has received Health Canada’s approval to be a licensed medical marijuana producer, opening the door for the pharmacy giant to dispense medical cannabis to patients.
This comes after Shoppers in October 2016 applied to Health Canada to become a licensed medical marijuana producer.
“As trusted medication experts, we believe pharmacists have an important role to play in the safe and informed use of medical cannabis, and this is the first step in our journey to provide medical cannabis to our patients,” said Loblaw spokeswoman Catherine Thomas in an emailed statement. “We will share more information about our plans in the coming weeks.”
Under the current Health Canada regulations for medical pot, the only legal distribution method is by mail order from licensed producers direct to patients. A cannabis sales license from Health Canada is also required to dispense medical marijuana to patients.
Shoppers has said that it has no interest in producing medical cannabis.
The pharmacy retail chain had already in recent months signed several supply deals with various licensed medical marijuana producers, including Aurora Cannabis, Aphria Inc., MedReleaf Corp. and Tilray Inc., subject to Health Canada’s approval of its application