Everyone wants a piece of the pot. The pot business, that is. Shoppers Drug Mart, Canada’s largest drugstore chain, is the latest business to voice their interest in selling medical marijuana.
It’s not a surprise, really. More and more brands and companies are seeing the green in the business of green. There’s money in them there marijuanas! Plus, Shoppers already sells a great selection of snacks, so it just makes sense.
“We have applied to be a licensed producer strictly for the purposes of distributing medical marijuana,” Tammy Smitham, a spokesperson for Shoppers Drug Mart, told CBC News this week. So, they’re not looking to grow, just to sell.
The move comes in advance of Trudeau’s proposed changes to the legislation governing the sale of marijuana, which will likely take effect in the spring of 2017. That’s right, change is in the air, and it smells skunky.
Shoppers Drug Mart justifies the move, arguing that its pharmacists are already trained at dispensing controlled substances—marijuana would be no different. The in-store employees would work with buyers to find the right strain and the right dosage for the ailment. Then, once you’ve got your bag of medicine, you can browse the treats aisle in the same store. How convenient.
Whether it happens or not, it’s got some Canadians excited, one even going so far as to design a new logo for Shoppers.
— RegJoeYYC (@RegularJoeYYC) October 25, 2016
While it’ll still be a while before you can walk into one of the 1,300 Shoppers locations and pick up your medical weed, once thing is for sure: we’re going to start saving our Optimum points. Just in case.