Pubdate: Thu, 03 Nov 2016
Source: Chatham Daily News, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2016 Chatham Daily News
Author: Elaine Unsworth
Page: A4


Shopper's Drug Mart is seriously interested in becoming the dispenser
of medical marijuana. The government will be considering appropriate
locations to deliver this product. We all know that Shopper's is well
known as a drug dispensing business and makes millions of dollars
annually. They see this as a new opportunity for increasing their
profits and there is no doubt that it will.

While our hospitals are continually struggling to provide health care
to our citizens, the government is continuing to cut back its support.
We have a wonderful health care system and should be proud of it.

I agree there is a profit to be made in dispensing medical marijuana
and hospitals are a perfect fit. We could utilize the empty space in
our hospitals and provide personnel to deliver this service while
directing the "profit" back into the hospitals.

I won't assume that the hospital board hasn't looked in this, but I
would hope this is not a missed opportunity. Shopper's Drug Mart
already makes a healthy profit without the marijuana business.
Legalizing medical marijuana is going to happen and someone will be
paid to dispense it.

Our hospitals are in dire need of an annual cash infusion, we
constantly need new equipment. I hope our government will consider
supporting our hospitals over big business.

Elaine Unsworth

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