– Canadian online pharmacy drugstore Pharmacy Canada Inc. says it will accept medical marijuana-based prescription drugs from licensed Canadian pharmacies for resale at a discount.
The announcement came Thursday after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new national strategy to deal with a growing number of people suffering from chronic pain and other chronic diseases that include cancer and other conditions.
The government announced it will allow Canadians to purchase medical marijuana for non-cancer pain treatment and the treatment of nausea and vomiting in a bid to alleviate some of the pressure on public health resources in the capital.
But it has not yet said how the government will handle the sale of the drug for use in Canada.
Pharmacy officials say the discount will apply only to the first 100 kilograms (2,300 pounds) of marijuana that are distributed by licensed pharmacists.
Canadian pharmacies will also be allowed to distribute non-prescription marijuana for a period of six months for use by patients with a doctor’s recommendation.
The company said it will provide the discounts to consumers at its Canadian headquarters in Ottawa and will continue to sell its products online.
The National Post spoke with pharmacists who said they will be able to sell the medicine, and a handful of pharmacists said they would accept the drugs.
“It’s going to be very difficult to get to the point where you can sell it,” said a pharmacist who declined to be named.
“There are too many hurdles, and I’m just not ready to go down that road yet.”
A pharmacist said pharmacies in Vancouver and Toronto are also accepting the drugs for resales, though he said it would take at least a year to get them all out there.