Article by Mike Okada, Cannabis Life Network
Aurora Cannabis has joined the growing list of licensed producers who will supply Shoppers Drug Mart with medical cannabis, pending Health Canada’s approval of Shoppers’ application to dispense medical cannabis, of course.
Other licensed producers that have signed on with Shoppers Drug Mart include Aphria, who landed a five-year deal with Shoppers back in December 2017. At the time, Aphria’s CEO Vic Neufeld said they would be Shoppers’ “first and primary supplier”, and there has been no word yet if Aphria’s “first and primary” status has changed in light of the Aurora deal.
In addition to Aphria and Aurora Cannabis, Shoppers Drug Mart has also inked deals with Tilray and Medreleaf, but Shoppers is far from the only pharmacy to partner with licensed producers.
Pharmachoice and Lovell Drugs
Pharmachoice has signed an agreement with CanniMed, and Lovell Drugs signed with Maricann Group, but unlike the Shoppers Drug Mart deal with Aurora Cannabis, Pharmachoice and Lovell Drugs have made their respective licensed producers their exclusive suppliers.
Right now, Lovell Drugs may be regretting their pick for exclusive supplier given that Maricann Group is currently under investigation by the Ontario Securities Commission for insider trading.