Update July 2018
According to reports from the Globe and Mail and Vice News, the Ontario government is preparing to announce that it will allow private stores — not just government-owned ones — to sell recreational cannabis when it is legalized on Oct. 17. The province is reportedly still expected to control the distribution of marijuana to the stores, as well as maintain control over online sales.
It won't be distributed in LCBO either.
Update 11:44am Sept 8 2017
LCBO will run the stores, but it won't be distributed IN the LCBO stores. Recreational cannabis will still be in a standalone retail location (up to 150 stores by 2020)
Today the Ontario government will announce its approach to implementing recreational cannabis:
So for now, pharmacists continue to have no direct involvement in distribution of medical nor recreational cannabis.
I will post a blog article soon with the reasons why I think the government went this route.
You can read my previous article about why I thought recreational cannabis could end up in pharmacy dispensaries here: http://www.behindthecounter.ca/opinion/why-recreational-cannabis-will-end-up-in-pharmacies
More details here: