Medical cannabis users in the GTA who order through Shoppers Drug Mart will now be able to get their medicine delivered within the same day.
In a release on Tuesday, the company announced that its “Medical Cannabis by Shoppers” online platform would be launching same-day delivery in the GTA to ensure that medical cannabis patients have access to their treatments.
“Similar to traditional medications, disruption in a medical cannabis patient’s access to treatment can be damaging. Medical cannabis requires the same level of timely adherence to scheduled dosing as any prescribed medication,” said Ken Weisbrod, vice president of pharmacy business development and initiatives, in the release.
“As part of our commitment to patients and customers to ensure the safe, timely and reliable access to their medical cannabis, we’ve implemented same-day delivery service for cities in and around the GTA.”
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The new process has enlisted Pineapple Express Delivery, a national delivery service company specifically for the legal cannabis industry, with offices in Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.
Starting this week, customers in areas serviced by same-day delivery will automatically have the option to select the service on check-out. Same-day delivery will be provided free of charge for medical cannabis orders over $100 placed until July 15, 2020.
While Canada does have legal recreational cannabis, regulations for the medical product are slightly different, and require a “medical document” (similar but distinctively different than a prescription). Shoppers offers its own teleservice to connect potential patients to medical professionals that help determine if medical cannabis would be helpful.