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Consultation on Proposed Improvements to the Marihuana Medical Access Program

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The Marihuana Medical Access Program (the Program) provides seriously ill Canadians with reasonable and legal access to marihuana for medical purposes.

In response to concerns heard from Canadians, the Government of Canada announced on June 17, 2011 that it is considering improvements to the Program. The proposed improvements would reduce the risk of abuse and exploitation by criminal elements and keep our children and communities safe.

The news release announcing the proposed improvements to the Program is available at: Government of Canada Considers Improvements to the Marihuana Medical Access Program to Reduce the Risk of Abuse and Keep our Children and Communities Safe.

Health Canada would like to hear from Canadians about the improvements under consideration. Interested Canadians will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed improvements starting June 17, 2011. The comment period will close on July 31, 2011.

How to Get Involved

Interested Canadians are invited to provide feedback on a short discussion document by clicking on the link below titled "Consultation Document". Comments may be submitted, in English or French, by using the Feedback Form below, or by email, fax, or mail.

  • Email:
  • Fax: 613-946-4224
  • Mail:
    Marihuana Consultations
    Controlled Substances and Tobacco Directorate
    Health Canada
    Mail Room, Federal Records Centre - Bldg 18
    1st Floor, 161 Goldenrod Driveway, Tunney's Pasture
    Ottawa ON K1A 0K9

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Comments received during this consultation process will be considered carefully as Health Canada moves forward with this initiative. Comments will only be accepted until July 31, 2011.

Supporting Information

For more information go to Canada's Marihuana Medical Access Program or the Next link will take you to another Web site Marihuana Medical Access Regulations.

Reporting to Canadians

Health Canada will publish a summary of input received during this consultation process.

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