In Manitoba, if you're one of the almost 16,000 who use legal medical cannabis, Shoppers Drug Mart as expanded services for you.
It's online platform - 'Medical Cannabis by Shoppers' - is up and running to help you pick the right strain and order for delivery.
It also offers counselling and support.
The high rate of self-medicating is concerning as a 2019 survey found that 76% of medical cannabis patients wrongly believe there are no side effects from combining cannabis with other medications.
"Canadians continue to use cannabis for medical purposes but many have been left behind by traditional models. Patients need more convenient access to their medicine with professional oversight and trusted support," said Jeff Leger, President, Shoppers Drug Mart. "We expanded Medical Cannabis by Shoppers nationally to provide enhanced service to more patients so they can feel empowered to access medical cannabis through the medical market with the guidance of healthcare professionals."
First launched in Ontario in January 2019 and then in Alberta in April 2019, Medical Cannabis by Shoppers provides patients access to a number of products from Canadian licensed producers, shipped directly and discreetly to their doorstep. Additionally, support is available for patients through the Shoppers cannabis care centre - a call center staffed by professionals who offer counselling and support for patients. Under current rules - pharmacists cannot dispense medical cannabis from a pharmacy.
Patients in Manitoba can now obtain their medical document (authorization from a health care practitioner) directly from shoppersdrugmart.ca/cannabis or bring it to their local Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy to help process the information. Specialized advisors from the Shoppers cannabis care centre will then contact patients, review their medical history and any contraindications with current medications, and provide support with online registration and strain selection.
For patients who do not have access to a healthcare practitioner, Shoppers can connect patients to a licensed physician or nurse practitioner to assess whether a patient is an ideal candidate for medical cannabis.
Shoppers has signed supply and quality agreements with 12 cannabis producers to provide a wide variety cannabis brands and medical accessories with the convenience of one medical document.