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Procedures for Accessing Dried Marijuana for Medical Purposes Under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations

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. More information can be found in the Accessing Marijuana for Medical Purposes information bulletin.

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 MMPR, you need to follow the following steps:

Step 1: 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.

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: 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.

Do not send your medical document to health canada

Step 4: Shipping of your Dried Marijuana for Medical Purposes

Your dried marijuana will be sent to you directly by the licensed producer. The Next link will take you to another Web site 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 MMPR nor any other Health Canada regulations authorize licensed producers to provide marijuana for medical purposes through a storefront.

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 × 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.