Shoppers Drug Mart Formally Applies to Distribute Medical Marijuana

Article by Pete Evans, CBC News

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Canada’s largest pharmacy chain has formally applied to be a distributor of medical marijuana.

“We have applied to be a licensed producer strictly for the purposes of distributing medical marijuana,” Shoppers Drug Mart spokeswoman Tammy Smitham told CBC News in an email Tuesday.

“We have no intention of producing medical marijuana, but we do want the ability to dispense medical marijuana to our patients in conjunction with counselling from a pharmacist.”

The move is the next step in a logical progression for the chain, which earlier this year was looking into the possibility of entering the burgeoning business.

According to the latest government data, more than 75,000 Canadians had valid prescriptions for medical marijuana at the end of June, and had purchased a total of more than 4,000 kilograms of dried marijuana in the previous three months. That works out to a little less than a gram of pot per day, per person.

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