Medical cannabis program at Safeway, other Sobeys pharmacies gets rolling

The system aims to provide access to medical care that includes cannabis.

Pathway Health, Corp. and Sobeys Capital Incorporated are working together to implement a medical cannabis management system. Jupiterimages/Getty Images


The Canada-wide rollout of a medical cannabis program at Safeway and other Sobeys pharmacies is expected to be complete this year.

The program aims to provide patients access to medical care that includes cannabis through the pharmacy chain.

On July 8 this year, Pathway Health, Corp. announced that it has signed an agreement with Sobeys Capital Incorporated regarding Pathway’s Medical Cannabis Management System or MCMS.

The system will be implemented at Sobeys Pharmacy, Safeway Pharmacy, Lawtons Drugs, Freshco Pharmacy, Foodland Pharmacy, Thrifty Foods Pharmacy and IGA Pharmacy retail locations.

The undertaking features two components, and one of these is for Pathway to provide online training for pharmacists regarding medical cannabis.

The second aspect is a management system that will allow pharmacists to connect clients to a medical doctor who can make a prescription for cannabis.

Under current rules, pharmacies cannot dispense medical marijuana.

The only legal distribution method is by mail directly from licensed producers to patients.

The implementation of the MCMS program started in Nova Scotia, where Sobeys is headquartered.

In a media release Thursday (September 23), Pathway, an Ontario-based health company, announced that it has expanded the rollout across Atlantic Canada.

This means that the program will be in place in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland.

Pathway CEO Ken Yoon said that the accelerated regional supports its partnership with Sobeys to “provide patients with the access they need to get the proper care where medical cannabis is deemed an appropriate treatment”.

“We’re optimistic that we can now achieve a national rollout of the program with Sobeys before the end of 2021,” Yoon added.

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