There are three steps when applying for a Licence to Possess Marihuana for Medical Purposes and for a legal source of supply under the Marihuana Medical Access Program (MMAP):
First, before you apply to the MMAP, your licensed medical practitioner (medical doctor) and yourself must both be willing to declare that conventional treatment(s) for the Category 1 or 2 symptoms have been tried or considered, and have been found to be ineffective or medically inappropriate for the treatment of your health condition. You can find more information for medical practitioners if you need it.
Once your medical doctor and yourself both agree that you should apply to the MMAP to obtain marihuana for your condition and/or symptoms, you must choose a source of supply.
There are three options available to you to obtain a legal supply of marihuana for medical purposes. You must choose one:
Before you choose what your legal supply of dried marihuana will be, consider the following:
If You Choose Health Canada's Supply:
If You Choose Personal-Use Production:
If You Choose Designated-Person Production:
Once you have decided which supply option you intend to use, you will need to complete an application and submit it to Health Canada. Each application includes the request for an authorization to possess marihuana for medical purposes and a request for the selected source of supply of marihuana for medical purposes. A guidance document is available to complete each application form.
The application form you need to use depends on which of the three legal supply options you choose.
Health Canada Supply
Purchase marihuana from Health Canada.
Personal Use Production Licence
Purchase seeds from Health Canada and produce your own marihuana.
Designated-Person Production Licence
Purchase seeds from Health Canada and designate someone to grow marihuana for you.
The MMAP strives to meet its service standards for processing complete applications within 10 weeks of receiving the application, including new applications, applications to renew, or applications to amend an existing authorization/licence. Please note that the service standard only applies once applications are fully completed. Aapplications from people with symptoms being treated within the context of compassionate end-of-life care will continue to be given immediate priority.