Top Canadian Pharmacy Exec: Let Us Dispense MMJ

The head of Canada’s largest drugstore and grocery chain made clear his company is keen to get into the business of dispensing medical marijuana to patients.

Galen Weston, president and executive chairman of Loblaw, said today his company is “open to dispensing medical marijuana in all forms” and that pharmacists are well suited for the job, The Star reported.

“We’re an industry that is extremely effective at managing controlled substances,” Weston said after the company’s annual meeting.

“It gives pharmacists the opportunity to work directly in real time with patients as opposed to doing it through the mail, working on their doses and making sure it actually has the therapeutic effect that it is intended to have.”

Loblaw’s entry into the MMJ business is contingent on the Canadian government’s approval. Under federal law, MMJ producers and dispensers must mail cannabis to registered patients.

Dispensaries are technically illegal, although an estimated 350 operate across the country, and some municipalities, such as Vancouver, have moved ahead with local regulations for MMJ storefronts.

The federal regulations could be changing, however, given that a Canadian court recently ruled  patients should be allowed to grow their own medicine at home. Moreover, the government is on track to legalize adult-use cannabis next year.

One comment on “Top Canadian Pharmacy Exec: Let Us Dispense MMJ
  1. Burnt Eloi on

    “It gives pharmacists the opportunity to work directly in real time with patients as opposed to doing it through the mail, working on their doses and making sure it actually has the therapeutic effect that it is intended to have”

    This is what your doctor is for. Do you really want to take medical advice from your pharmacist? The only thing they need to do is fill my script, give me the little paper with the directions, side effects and notify me of any potential conflicts with other medications.

    This is a most blatant cash grab by the pharmacy association and will force patients into buy crappy corporate cannabis, which = bad

    Do they really think that patients will want to have in depth conversations about cannabis with their pharmacists? In most cases they know nothing about the plant and are often immigrants with ESL issues. This is such a bad idea. Let the people that know and love this plant sell this plant and its products. It is too complicated a landscape for the pharmacies or the liquor control board to manage.

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