Advertisement

Shoppers Drug Mart to use blockchain technology to track medical cannabis quality

Click to play video 'Coming soon to a store shelf near you: edibles and other cannabis products' Coming soon to a store shelf near you: edibles and other cannabis products
WATCH: Ottawa is rolling out the next generation of cannabis products, but they come with some strict rules. Global's Tomasia DaSilva reports on what those are, and when the products will be available – Jun 14, 2019

The vice-president of business development at Shoppers Drug Mart says blockchain technology can provide a comfort level for doctors and pharmacists about the quality of medical cannabis.

Ken Weisbrod says his company has signed a deal with TruTrace Technologies for a pilot program to provide the software to track medical cannabis from seed to final product.

WATCH: Cannabis industry leaders are in Saint John to discuss how legalization worked and where there’s room for improvement. As Silas Brown reports, the congress is preparing for the next phase.

Click to play video 'Shoppers to use blockchain technology to track medical cannabis quality' Shoppers to use blockchain technology to track medical cannabis quality
Shoppers to use blockchain technology to track medical cannabis quality – Jun 17, 2019

READ MORE: Shoppers Drug Mart launches online medical pot portal in Alberta

He says the source of medical cannabis must be traceable and accountable for patients and practitioners to feel confident about it as a treatment.

Story continues below advertisement

Weisbrod says when a patient takes medication, there is an expectation that it is standardized and has been proven with consistent clinical outcomes and results.

Shoppers Drug Mart currently provides medical cannabis to patients, but only online.

WATCH: New Brunswick’s cannabis retailer reports $11.7M loss in first year

Click to play video 'New Brunswick’s cannabis retailer reports $11.7M loss in first year' New Brunswick’s cannabis retailer reports $11.7M loss in first year
New Brunswick’s cannabis retailer reports $11.7M loss in first year – Apr 30, 2019

The first phase of the pilot program is expected to be completed by July 31 with full implementation targeted for late November.