Cannabis Education

CANNABIS EDUCATION

Dried marijuana is not an approved drug or medicine in Canada. The Government of Canada does not endorse the use of marijuana, but the courts have required reasonable access to a legal source of marijuana when authorized by a physician.

The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) create conditions for a commercial industry that is responsible for its production and distribution. The regulations provide access to quality-controlled dried marijuana for medical purposes, produced under secure and sanitary conditions, to those Canadians who need it, while strengthening the safety of Canadian communities.

Under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations:

the process for applicants and health care practitioners is streamlined, eliminating the need for individuals to provide Health Canada with their personal information or apply to the department;
dried marijuana for medical purposes is distributed through regulated, commercial Licensed Producers who produce a variety of strains;
Licensed Producers must demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements such as quality control standards, record-keeping of all activities, as well as inventories of marijuana, and physical security measures to protect against potential diversion;
personal and designated production by individuals in their homes was eliminated on March 31, 2014; however as indicated below, the effect of the interim injunction permits certain individuals to continue to produce;
storefronts or retail outlets are not permitted; and,
physicians and nurse practitioners, if permitted within their respective province or territory, may sign a medical document enabling patients to purchase the appropriate amount for their medical condition from a Licensed Producer.

The MMAR were repealed on March 31, 2014; however, as a result of a Federal Court interim injunction granted on March 21, 2014, individuals who were previously authorized to grow marijuana under the MMAR, and who meet the terms of the Court order, will be able to continue to do so on an interim basis until the Court reaches a final decision.  As ordered by the Court, individuals with an Authorization to Possess valid on March 21, 2014, may hold a maximum quantity of dried marijuana as specified by their Authorization to Possess or 150 grams, whichever is less.

Individuals with a medical need who do not fall within the scope of this Court order and who have the support of a licensed healthcare practitioner must register with a licensed producer under the MMPR.

The following steps outline the process to obtain dried marijuana for medical purposes under the Next link will take you to another Web site Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations.

If you already have a valid Authorization to Possess (ATP) that was issued under theMarihuana Medical Access Regulations, you can use your ATP to register with a licensed producer until the validity date shown on the ATP. ATPs will no longer be accepted after March 31, 2015. Otherwise you will need to follow the steps outlined below.

To register with a licensed producer under the MMPR, you need to follow the following steps:

01

Consult with a Healthcare Practitioner

Treatment decisions are best made in consultation with your healthcare practitioner.

Under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, an authorized healthcare practitioner includes physicians in all provinces and territories, and nurse practitioners in provinces and territories where supporting dried marijuana for medical purposes is permitted under their scope of practice.

02

Obtain a Medical Document from your Healthcare Practitioner

You will need to obtain a medical document from your practitioner.

The following information must be included on the medical document signed and dated by the healthcare practitioner:

  • your full name;
  • your date of birth;
  • address where you consulted with the practitioner;
  • daily grams of dried marijuana you are authorized to use, the period of use (i.e. number of days, weeks or months), which cannot exceed one year from the date the medical document is signed by the healthcare practitioner;
  • the healthcare practitioner’s name and, administrative information (profession, licence number, province of licence, business address, phone number, fax number and email address, if applicable); and
  • an attestation by the healthcare practitioner that the information contained in the document is correct and complete.

Healthcare practitioners can complete Health Canada’s sample medical document or provide the required information in the format of their choice.

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Register and Order with a Licensed Producer

Once you have obtained a medical document from your authorized healthcare practitioner, you can register as a client with the licensed producer of your choice.  To register, you will need to submit certain information, including the original medical document.  Please contact the licensed producer for further information regarding application requirements.

After registering as a client, you will be able to order dried marijuana from the licensed producer.

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Shipping of your Dried Marijuana for Medical Purposes

Your dried marijuana will be sent to you directly by the licensed producer.

The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations do not allow for store-front or retail distribution centres.

Possession of Dried Marijuana for Medical Purposes:

The amount of dried marijuana you can possess is the lesser of thirty times the daily amount stipulated by your healthcare practitioner or 150 grams. For example, if your healthcare practitioner recommends 3 grams per day, you would be allowed a maximum of 90 grams at any one time (30 days X 3 grams). However, if your healthcare practitioner recommends 6 grams per day, you would be allowed to possess a maximum of 150 grams at any one time, which would therefore be less than a 30-day supply.

Showing Proof of Legal Possession of Marijuana for Medical Purposes:

If asked by law enforcement, you can demonstrate that you are in legal possession of dried marijuana for medical purposes obtained from a licensed producer by showing either the label on the marijuana package containing your specific client information or the separate document containing the same information which accompanied your shipment of marijuana.

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