Shoppers Drug Mart Just Applied For its License to Distribute Medical Marijuana

If it wasn’t simple enough already, buying weed could soon be as easy as a trip to your local Shoppers Drug Mart.

Canada’s drug store giant has submitted an application to Health Canada to be a licensed distributor of medical marijuana.

Don’t expect to find Shoppers Drug Mart exclusive strains, though.

According to The Canadian Press, spokesperson Tammy Smitham says that Shoppers has “no intention” of producing cannabis and that it has applied for the license for the purpose of distributing the drug.

The application is a must to be able to distribute the drug.


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There is one “but,” however.

Even if Shoppers’ application is granted, the store won’t be permitted to dispense marijuana through its stores unless the government updates the regulations.

Currently, patients are only permitted to buy medical marijuana directly from licensed producers, who send it by mail. As of this past spring, however, they are able to grow it themselves.


“We believe that allowing medical marijuana to be dispensed through pharmacy would increase access, safety, quality and security for the thousands of Canadians who use the drug as part of their medication therapy,” Smitham said in an email, according to The Canadian Press.


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