The following steps outline the process to obtain cannabis for medical purposes from a licensed producer under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).
Health Canada maintains an updated list of all licensed producers on its website. Health Canada does not authorize the operation of retail storefronts, such as "compassion clubs" or "dispensaries".
To register with a licensed producer under the ACMPR, you need to follow the following steps:
Treatment decisions are best made in consultation with your health care practitioner.
Under the ACMPR, an authorized health care practitioner includes physicians in all provinces and territories, and nurse practitioners in provinces and territories where supporting cannabis for medical purposes is permitted under their scope of practice.
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 health care practitioner:
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 cannabis for medical purposes from the licensed producer.
Do not send your medical document to health canada
Your cannabis will be sent to you directly by the licensed producer. The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) prohibits possession, trafficking, import and export, and production of controlled substances, including marijuana, unless authorized by regulations. Neither the ACMPR nor any other Health Canada regulations authorize licensed producers to provide cannabis for medical purposes through a storefront.
Possible Canada Post Service Disruption
Health Canada has reached out to licensed producers to ensure they are aware of the situation and to help minimize the effects of a Canada Post service disruption. A number of licensed producers of cannabis for medical purposes have made contingency plans for alternative shipping, such as by courier. Should patients have concerns about their shipments, they should contact the licensed producer with whom they are registered.
During a service disruption, Canadians will still be able to send and receive information from the Department by telephone, fax or e-mail. Contact information for each area of the Department can be found on the Health Canada website.
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 × 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.
If asked by law enforcement, you can demonstrate that you are in legal possession of cannabis for medical purposes obtained from a licensed producer by showing either the label on the package containing your specific client information or the separate document containing the same information which accompanied your shipment of cannabis.