It’s a pill the regulatory body for pharmacies in B.C. isn’t keen to swallow.
While London Drugs and other drug store chains say pharmacies are the “safest option” to dispense medical marijuana once all pot is legalized, the College of Pharmacists of BC isn’t so sure.
But Bob Nakagawa of the College of Pharmacists of BC isn’t so convinced.
“I’m not convinced it would be a good move for pharmacies because it is a very different substance than our mainstream pharmaceuticals. So I think some of the protections we enjoy with regular pharmaceuticals just aren’t there for marijuana. That makes me a little bit uncomfortable.”
He says he also foresees problems once the drug is legalized for more than just medical use.
“If for example the federal government were to legalize recreational use of marijuana we would certainly want to keep separate the therapeutic side of things from purely recreational use so I don’t know how that will play out.”
London Drugs says if marijuana is legalized, Health Canada would have to regulate it, so it would be a much more controlled substance than it is now.