Shoppers Drug Mart pot

Shoppers Drug Mart formally applies to be a pot shop

Shoppers Drug Mart wants to get into the pot business. While the massive pharmacy chain has applied for a license to be distributor of medical marijuana, the company has stated that its intention is to act solely as a distributor.

According to the CBC, the argument Shoppers makes regarding its desire to enter the marijuana market is straightforward: pharmacists are already trained in managing controlled substances and can work with patients one-on-one to ascertain the most effective strain and dosage.

The Trudeau government is currently revamping the laws around marijuana, with the possibility of legalization for recreational use still on the table. At present, only patients with an authorized prescription can legally purchase marijuana from a limited number of distributors.

Retail storefronts are still prohibited from selling pot under federal law (this despite the multitude operating in Toronto), though pharmacy lobby groups are pushing for the government to allow them to serve as the primary dispensers of medical marijuana.

Should Shoppers get into the pot game? Let us know in the comments.

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