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Under current federal regulations, the only legal distribution method for medical marijuana is by mail order from licensed producers direct to customers.

Shoppers Drug Mart is looking to hire a medical marijuana brand manager as it tries to position itself in the burgeoning cannabis market, even though it is not currently legal to distribute the drug through pharmacies.

A job posting on the website of Canada’s largest pharmacy says the senior brand manager role will entail leading its strategy and marketing activities to doctors and health-care providers in the cannabis space.

“The development and integration of the medical brand plan will involve the consideration of the current cannabis market; legislation, regulations and access challenges,” the posting reads.

Shoppers adds that the successful candidate will also ensure that its medical-pot marketing material is compliant with Health Canada regulations.

This comes after Shoppers’ parent company, Loblaw Companies Ltd., applied for a Health Canada licence to dispense medical marijuana in October 2016.

Under current federal regulations, the only legal distribution method for medical marijuana is by mail order from licensed producers direct to consumers.

That means even if the application gets the green light, it won’t be permitted to sell medical marijuana through its stores unless Ottawa revises the rules.

Loblaw and Shoppers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The step also comes as the federal government moves toward a July 2018 deadline to make recreational marijuana legal.

Loblaws’ CEO and chairperson Galen Weston said last May that he is open to being involved with recreational marijuana. The company is watching for details about the proposed legalization of the drug, but its focus remains on dispensing medical cannabis. But in 2016, Weston said the company was only interested in medical cannabis.

Meanwhile, other companies are also trying to get a jump on the potential distribution of marijuana through pharmacies.

Licensed producer Maricann Group Inc. announced Monday that it entered into a letter of intent with Lovell Drugs Limited, which has a dozen pharmacies across Ontario, to be its primary and exclusive provider of medical cannabis for its patients.

“We believe that pharmacies are the best distribution points for medicinal cannabis, as is the case for all other prescriptions,” said Ben Ward, CEO of Maricann, in a statement.

And in March, licensed producers CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. signed a letter of intent with member-owned co-operative PharmaChoice. Under the agreement, which the companies said was the first exclusive pharmacy distribution agreement for medical cannabis, CanniMed would train PharmaChoice pharmacists and pharmacy technicians across Canada and become its exclusive distributor of medical cannabis.

However, the companies said the deal is on hold until the first legislation change that allows pharmacies to distribute medical cannabis and will be completed within 60 days of that change.

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Connect with our President Tom Measor at the PLMA Trade Show November 12 – 14th  in Chicago , IL

Learn more about the show here

Shop ’till you drop at over 450 exhibits and find the best selection of the newest products and services to hit the market for women!! Find products and services you can’t find anywhere else!!

Show Dates & Times
Friday, November 10, 2017          11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 11, 2017       10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, November 12, 2017         10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location:
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd.
M5V 2W6

National Women’s Show Pop by the Pinnacle Booth!!

Shop ’till you drop at over 450 exhibits and find the best selection of the newest products and services to hit the market for women!! Find products and services you can’t find anywhere else!!

Show Dates & Times
Friday, November 4, 2016           11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 5, 2016       10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, November 6, 2016         10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location:
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd.
M5V 2W6

 

2016 Drug Trading Show Deals, Samples and more !!

DT Show is fast approaching!
Make sure to visit the Pinnacle booth # 716

Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17, 2016

Show Hours
Friday, April 15, 2016       11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, April 16, 2016    9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 17, 2016     9:00 am – 11:30 am

Location
Toronto Congress Centre
650 Dixon Road Toronto

Website: www.torontocongresscentre.com   

 

 

Could you use a daily vitamin? Find out what your family’s growing bodies need to stay healthy, at every stage.

 

Pinnacle Pharmaceutics is participating in the Annual Shoppers Drug Mart conferences.

Visit us over the next few at the locations below:

Saturday October 17th , Calgary AB
Booth # 412

Calgary TELUS Convention Center ( CTCC)
North Building, 136 8th Avenue SE
Show Hours 11 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday November 7 , Montreal , QC
Booth : TBA

Palais des congres de Montreal
Hall 220B
210 Avenue Viger Ouest, Montreal
Show Hours 10:30am – 4:15pm

 

TORONTO — Retailers are increasingly elevating their game and looking to better connect with consumers via personalization and Canada’s Shoppers Drug Mart is no exception.

The retailer has announced that it is beefing up its retail loyalty program, Shoppers Optimum, with My Optimum. My Rewards. — a new personalized digital experience. The new digital platform includes an enhanced Shoppers Drug Mart app and a digital Optimum card, making it easier than ever for Canadians to earn additional rewards on the products.

“Shoppers Optimum members love earning the best free rewards in retail and they will love loading their personalized offers directly to their new digital Optimum card even more,” stated Shelagh Stoneham, SVP, marketing, Shoppers Drug Mart. “We are creating a one-on-one relationship with our customers, with offers personalized to their shopping habits and sent straight to their smartphone.”

Optimum members will now receive personalized offers and points via their mobile device, email or the web, and can load them to their digital or plastic Optimum card. They can also scan their digital Optimum card directly from their smartphone to earn and redeem points.

The digital Optimum card is now available for Apple and Android devices by downloading the redesigned Shoppers Drug Mart mobile app.

The new Optimum digital platform delivers weekly load-to-card offers tailored to members’ shopping preferences, including a personalized flyer picking the relevant promotions for each customer. Optimum members will receive offers on products they want and use, from cosmetics and skincare to vitamins and snacks, allowing them to earn rewards faster on everyday purchases along with special offers on new items.

Optimum members will now benefit from these new digital features:
•    New, personalized offers arriving every Saturday via email, web or directly to smartphone;
•    A personalized flyer, based on each customer’s shopping preferences, selecting the most relevant products on promotion;
•    View and load offers from their mobile device or the new Optimum website;
•    Scan their digital Optimum card to earn or spend points at checkout;
•    Check Optimum points balances on the go;
•    Transfer Optimum points to a loved one’s account;
•    Donate Optimum points to a favourite charity – including the Canadian Red Cross for the Nepal Region Earthquake Fund;
•    Browse store flyers and create shopping lists;
•    Manage prescriptions;
•    Find the nearest Shoppers/Pharmaprix store and check store hours or late night or 24-hour access to pharmacy services; and
•    Add their Optimum card to Passbook on iOS.

A few facts about Optimum:
•    Every 23 seconds a new member joins the Shoppers/Pharmaprix Optimum program;
•    Every second a product is redeemed for free with Shoppers Optimum points at a Shoppers Drug Mart or Pharmaprix store; and
•    386,507 lipsticks and 1,312,206 toothbrushes were redeemed for free using Optimum points in 2014.
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2015 Drug Trading Show Don't miss us !

DT Show is fast approaching!
Make sure you visit our booth # 716

Friday, April 17 to Sunday, April 19, 2015

Show Hours
Friday, April 17, 2015       11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, April 18, 2015     9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 19, 2015       9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location
Toronto Congress Centre
650 Dixon Road Toronto

Target Canada says it will shut 16 locations permanently next week, the first wave of store closures that will eliminate 17,000 jobs in total when all is said and done. View Full Article 

Here’s a list of the stores:

Closing March 18

– Edmonton (Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre)

– Stratford, Ont.

– Longueuil, Que.

Closing March 22

– Chilliwack, B.C.

– Cranbrook, B.C.

– Calgary, Alta. (5115 17th Ave. SE)

– Medicine Hat, Alta.

– Winnipeg, Man. (35 Lakewood Blvd.)

– Chatham-Kent, Ont.

– Kitchener, Ont.

– Fergus, Ont.

– Burlington, Ont. (2000 Appleby Line)

– Niagara Falls, Ont.

– Oshawa, Ont.

– Smith Falls, Ont.

– Saint-Georges, Que.