The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) took over in 2013, creating a system of licensed producers to cultivate cannabis and outlawing Personal Production Licenses.
The latest version is known as the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. In order to qualify as a medical marijuana patient in Canada, aa healthcare practitioner must have authorized the use of cannabis for relief of one or more of the following symptoms that have not responded to traditional treatment methods:
The medical document authorizing the use of medical cannabis by a healthcare practitioner can be found here.
Health Canada suggests that most individuals use three grams or less of cannabis per day, suggests waiting a minimum of 30 minutes between inhalations to gauge effects for possible overdosing, and a minimum of two hours between doses of infused edible products to gauge the strength of the dosage.
To qualify for medical marijuana under the ACMPR, a patient must meet the following criteria:
A patient may procure medical cannabis:
However, it is prohibited to seek or obtain cannabis from more than one source at a time with the same medical document.
In order to apply to cultivate your own limited amounts of cannabis at home, complete the registration form here.
Use this production calculator to calculate how many plants you are authorized to grow based on your health practitioner’s recommendation. To start producing cannabis at home, contact a licensed producer to procure seeds and/or clones for your first crop. This is the only legal avenue to procure seeds and/or cannabis seedlings.
It’s also important to note here that while dispensaries are common in Canada, particularly in Vancouver, BC, and in Toronto, Ontario, these shops are currently existing in a legal gray area and are subject to raid and closure.
A registered patient may possess approximately 30 times the daily quantity of cannabis prescribed by the healthcare practitioner, or a 30-day supply of no more than 150 grams of dried cannabis.
You can find the complete list of Canadian licensed producers by region available here. There are 50 total licensed producers across Canada. In order to purchase, you must be registered with a licensed producer through the company’s website and by submitting your medical document signed by a licensed healthcare practitioner.
Canada’s Legalization Task Force has recommended that the medical marijuana system remain in place throughout the transition. The Task Force also recommended that the Canadian government monitor and evaluate patient access to cannabis for medical purposes during the implementation process and re-evaluate the medical marijuana framework within five years.