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Applications for a renewal of an Authorization to Possess are made using Form R, provided there are no changes that must be made to your authorization or licence. If you have changes, please see the section regarding making changes during the renewal process. Additional forms may be needed depending on which of the three legal supply options you have chosen.

New: All authorizations and licences issued under the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations will expire no later than March 31, 2014. Renewals will also be subject to this expiry date.

Authorizations to Possess dried marihuana for medical purposes will still be valid for a maximum of 12 months after the issue date. During the validity period you may use this document to access marihuana for medical purposes from a licensed producer. Instructions on how to switch to a licensed producer can be found online.

If you have a Designated-Person Production Licence or a Personal-Use Production Licence, this licence will also expire no later than March 31, 2014. It will be possible to renew these licences during this period, but Health Canada will stop accepting amendments to production site locations, or number of plants as of October 1, 2013. As of April 1, 2014, production of marihuana under the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations will no longer be permitted.

Your case will need to be reviewed every year by your medical practitioner. Your medical practitioner will assess the impacts of using marihuana for medical purposes, and also discuss whether new treatments have become available that might be more appropriate for your care.

The option of accessing dried marihuana via a licensed producer under the new system will be available as soon as the first licensed producer is authorized. Find more information on accessing marihuana for medical purposes from a licensed producer.

Renewing Your Authorization or Licence(s)

Health Canada Supply
Purchase marihuana from Health Canada

Personal-Use Production Licence
Purchase seeds from Health Canada and produce your own marihuana

Please note: changes to the production address or increases number of plants for Personal-Use Production Licences must be received by Health Canada before October 1, 2013. Also, address changes occurring after December 15, 2013, will not be processed.

From October 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014, no applications for changes to production site addresses, or increases in the number of plants for new Personal-Use Production Licences will be accepted.

  • Form R
  • Form F - if the production site is not the applicant's ordinary place of residence and is not owned by the applicant.
  • Proof of signing authority if the property owner named is a Corporation
  • Form E1 and/or Form E2

**All Personal-Use Production Licences will expire March 31, 2014. On that date, all dried marihuana and plants produced under Personal-Use Production Licences must be destroyed.

Designated-Person Production Licence
Purchase seeds from Health Canada and designate someone to grow marihuana for you

Please note: changes to the production address or increases in number of plants for Designated-Person Production Licences must be received by Health Canada before October 1, 2013. Also, address changes occurring after December 15, 2013, will not be processed.

From October 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014, no applications for changes to production site addresses, or increases in the number of plants for new Designated-Person Production Licences will be accepted.

  • Form R
  • Form D
  • Criminal Record Check for the Designated Person - must be an original document from a Canadian Police force.
  • Form F - if the production site is not the applicant's ordinary place of residence and is not owned by the applicant.
  • Proof of signing authority if the property owner named is a Corporation
  • Form E1 and/or Form E2
  • 2 photographs of the Designated Person signed by the applicant

**All Designated-Person Production Licences will expire March 31, 2014. On that date, all dried marihuana and plants produced under Designated-Person Production Licences must be destroyed.