A drugstore chain wants to become a distributor of medical marijuana in Canada.
A spokeswoman for Shoppers Drug Mart says in an email that the chain has applied to Health Canada to become a licensed medical marijuana producer but only for the purpose of distributing the drug.
Tammy Smitham says Shoppers has “no intention” of producing cannabis.
Even if Shoppers’ application is granted, the retailer won’t be allowed to dispense the drug unless the government updates the regulations.
Under the current regime, patients are only permitted to buy medical marijuana directly from licensed producers who sell it by mail.