June 16, 2020
Medical Cannabis by Shoppers launches same-day medical cannabis delivery in and around the GTA
TORONTO, June 16, 2020 - The Medical Cannabis by ShoppersTM team is pleased to announce the launch of same-day delivery for medical cannabis patients in cities in and around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Medical Cannabis by Shoppers is Shoppers Drug Mart's online platform for the sale of medical cannabis. The service provides patients convenient access to a broad range of products through a single source, alongside expert advice and counsel from trusted healthcare professionals.
The launch of same-day delivery in the GTA will help ensure that medical cannabis patients have continuous access to the treatment they need.
"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, VP, Pharmacy Business Development & Initiatives, Shoppers Drug Mart. "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."
Medical Cannabis by Shoppers has partnered with Pineapple Express Delivery, a leading logistics technology company offering specialized delivery services for the legal cannabis industry. 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.
Medical Cannabis by Shoppers
First launched in Ontario in January 2019, Medical Cannabis by Shoppers Inc. is a subsidiary of Shoppers Drug Mart. It provides patient access to numerous medical cannabis products from over 20 licensed cannabis brands. A medical document (similar to a prescription) can be obtained from a Medical Cannabis by Shoppers healthcare partner via video call, then medication can be ordered online or via phone, and is shipped directly and discreetly to their doorstep. The Shoppers Cannabis Care team – a dedicated call center staffed by cannabis-trained advisors and pharmacists - provides counselling and support for patients.
Patients and customers can visit Shoppersdrugmart.ca/cannabis for more information.
About Shoppers Drug Mart: Shoppers Drug Mart is one of the most recognized and trusted names in Canadian retailing. The company is the licensor of full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug Mart (Pharmaprix in Québec). With almost 1,300 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores operating in prime locations in each province and two territories, the company is one of the most convenient retailers in Canada. The company also licenses or owns 47 medical clinic pharmacies operating under the name Shoppers Simply Pharmacy (Pharmaprix Simplement Santé in Québec), and provides cosmetic dermatology services at two standalone locations, the Beauty Clinic. As well, the company owns and operates 43 corporate Wellwise by Shoppers Drug Mart stores and an ecommerce site Wellwise.ca, making it the largest Canadian retailer of home health care products and services. In addition to its retail store network, the company owns the Company owns Medical Cannabis by Shoppers Drug Mart Inc., an online platform for the sale of medical cannabis, Shoppers Drug Mart Specialty Health Network Inc., a provider of specialty drug distribution, pharmacy and comprehensive patient support services, and MediSystem Inc., a provider of pharmaceutical products and services to long-term care facilities. Shoppers Drug Mart is an independent operating division of Loblaw Companies Limited.
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About Pineapple Express Delivery Inc.
The Pineapple Express Delivery management team has over 10 years of experience offering same-day 60-minute delivery services in multiple industries across Canada with a record breaking 40,000 deliveries per month. Pineapple Express Delivery offers a personalized experience for its customers and has established in-depth security and delivery protocols to facilitate same-day delivery of medical and recreational cannabis across the country. Pineapple Express Delivery has been providing a same-day delivery option to the legal Cannabis Industry from October 17th, 2018, currently operating in 3 provinces in Canada. Pineapple Express Delivery is a subsidiary of World-Class Extractions Inc.
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