Canada's Shoppers Drug Mart gets license to sell cannabis online
It’s not quite “cannabis over the counter at CVS,” but we’re getting there. Cannabis is fully legal across all of Canada these days, and a big convenience store chain has now applied for a license to sell cannabis on its web site. Shoppers Drug Mart is a convenience store in Canada that’s similar to stores like CVS or Walgreens, with 1300 locations across nine provinces. And the chain has been granted a license to sell medical cannabis through its online drugstore.
It’s still too soon to put in actual orders, as Shoppers Drug Mart works out all of the kinks, but once everything is set up, consumers will be able to file prescriptions online, and then get product shipped out. That’s not exactly the most convenient way to get product (going to a dedicated dispensary is probably still easier), but it’s a step. And eventually, we might live in a world where picking up product is as easy as stopping by the store.
Of course, that solution would bring with it other problems — right now, going to a local dispensary and being part of the culture is pretty nice, but of course if you’re getting product from a local convenience store, you’ll lose lots of the charm and care that comes with a great dispensary visit. There’s also the question of quality — right now, you can be pretty picky about the cannabis brands you deal with, and any dispensary is bound to have a pretty solid amount of choices between local strains and farms. A corporate store isn’t likely to have nearly as many options.
But the convenience of just being able to stop by a drugstore is a big bonus too. As these bigger stores and chains get involved in the cannabis business, here’s hoping that they can provide some convenience to shoppers, but still hold up the quality and variety bars that local dispensaries have already set.