January 9, 2019 12:21 pm
Updated: January 31, 2019 8:23 pm

Okanagan cannabis company signs with Shoppers Drug Mart

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An Okanagan company is going to be supplying medical cannabis to a major pharmaceutical chain.

Shoppers Drug Mart’s e-commerce platform for medical cannabis launched Tuesday.

The Flowr Corporation, which is building a major facility in Kelowna, says it has entered into an agreement with Shoppers Drug Mart to supply medical cannabis.

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The company says it’s a three-year agreement with a two-year renewal option.

The products will initially be sold online only, as Canadian regulations currently restrict the sale of medical cannabis in retail pharmacies.

Flowr’s head office is in Markham, Ont., but its production facility is in Kelowna.

Former PetCo vice-president joins True Leaf

In related cannabis news, True Leaf of Vernon has announced that former PetCo senior vice-president Jodi Watson has been appointed vice-chair of its board of directors.

According to TrueLeaf, Watson has more than 20 years in the retail, wholesale, digital and direct-to-consumer industries. With Petco, she was responsible for the growth of its direct-to-consumer businesses and also served as interim chief marketing officer.

Petco is a retail store that sells pet products and services, and has more than 1,400 stores in the U.S. and online.

Watson, who reportedly has a master’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University in Oregon, will join chair Mike Harcourt, Darcy Bomford, Kevin Bottomley and Sylvain Toutant on TrueLeaf’s board of directors.

“Ms. Watson will help guide the growth of our retail and e-commerce business,” TrueLeaf said in a press release. “Her expertise will be invaluable as we work towards executing new lines of business, such as direct-to-consumer, so True Leaf can continue to be the cannabis-for-pets leader in the global pet care industry.”

“Joining True Leaf is the perfect opportunity to combine my passion for helping businesses grow with my passion for helping pets,” said Watson.

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