The line keeps getting longer for groups and businesses looking to be able to sell marijuana when the Trudeau government legalizes it.
London Drugs Vice President of Pharmacy John Tse says the drugstore chain is exploring the idea of selling legal pot through its pharmacies.
“When it gets classified as a legal product, Health Canada will most likely regulate it, because there’s regulated producers as well. The product that’s being produced will also be very well controlled, and most likely deemed as a drug. We believe that it would be distributed – and should be distributed – through pharmacies where pharmacies can help guide people to use this on a medical basis.”
Tse says they are doing the best then can to prepare to sell marijuana without knowing what the federal framework will look like.
“We have gone through and discussed with our respective associations as well as provincially and federally to find out if we can have a better understanding of what that framework would look like and unfortunately nobody knows because nobody is talking. What we are doing is beginning to prepare our pharmacies from an educational standpoint.”
Tse says London Drugs is confident it can source out a supply of marijuana once it becomes legal.
“It is a very interesting time. I think from a health standpoint to control the distribution of it, understanding there is a need and a marketplace, that there needs to be guidance. We need to have physicians, Health Canada, pharmacies, and regulatory bodies all working together to come up with a solution that is great for the Canadian public.”
London Drugs is not alone: the Liquor Distribution Branch and rival Shoppers Drug Mart and many others are also looking to become marijuana retailers.
Shoppers Drug Mart send us the following statement.
“Pharmacists are medication experts and play a significant role in the dispensing and monitoring of medication to ensure safe and optimal use. We believe that dispensing medical marijuana through pharmacy, like other medications, is the safest option.”