The company says the deal is subject to Health Canada approving Shoppers Drug Mart’s application to sell medical marijuana.
The pharmacy chain’s parent company Loblaw Companies Ltd. applied for a licence to dispense medical marijuana in Oct. 2016.
If approved, Aphria says it expects Shoppers Drug Mart will sell Aphria-branded cannabis products online.
Shoppers Drug Mart has long been a place where people can go to pick up their medications or have them filled. It’s also replete with snacks, making it a great stop for hungry pot smokers in need of giant bags of obscure flavours of chips — blue cheese flavour, anyone?
Now the company will become another official source for mail-order cannabis.
The company received approval in September 2018, but it was only recently that the pharmacy was officially granted a license and added to the list of approved cannabis sellersin Ontario by the Government of Canada.
They will only be selling online to patients with a valid prescription from a doctor. According to the list, the pharmacy is now registered to sell medical cannabis in the province. The authorization extends to the sale of plants, seeds, dried and fresh flower, and oils.
Loblaw has previously said it believes pharmacists and pharmacies should play a role in medical marijuana distribution, and posted a job ad for a medical marijuana brand manager as Shoppers Drug Mart last month.
With files of Global news and dailyhive