Largest Pharmacy Chain in Canada Files to Sell Medical Cannabis

Shoppers Drug Mart could be the new plug for Canadian mmj patients.

Shoppers Drug Mart, Canada’s largest pharmacy chain, formally applied to stock its shelves with medical marijuana, Tuesday.

Well, kind of.

“We have applied to be a licensed producer strictly for the purposes of distributing medical marijuana," a Shoppers spokeswoman told Canada’s CBC News. 

Canadian medical marijuana patients don’t have many available options when it comes to procuring cannabis. The rules currently on the books allow Canadian mmj patients to grow their own bud, or to delegate the botanical task to a designated grower. But only licensed producers of medical marijuana can legally sell the herb, and the seeds that it grows from. 

Shoppers, which first announced its aspirations to enter the weed game in early 2016, told the news-media outlet, Tuesday

"As we have indicated in the past 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.”

Should the application be approved, Shoppers––which also said it should be a legal distributor of weed because it knows a thing or several about controlled substances––would be the first pharmacy in Canada to sell medical marijuana.