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Medical Use of Marijuana

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The Next link will take you to another Web site Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) are in effect and the Next link will take you to another Web site Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) will be repealed on March 31, 2014. The MMPR deal exclusively with the medical use of marijuana and do not address the issue of legalizing marijuana for general use.

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Dried marijuana is not an approved drug or medicine in Canada. The Government of Canada does not endorse the use of marijuana, but the courts have required reasonable access to a legal source of marijuana when authorized by a physician.

As a result of ongoing litigation and uncertainty arising from court decisions, Health Canada will treat the following Authorizations to Possess, Personal-Use Production Licences, and Designated-Person Production Licences as extending beyond March 31, 2014 until a decision in Allard is rendered. As per the Federal Court interim injunction, the following criteria must be met:

  • Individuals must have held a valid Authorizations to Possess under the MMAR on March 21, 2014.
  • Individuals must have held a valid Personal-Use Production Licence or Designated-Person Production Licence under the MMAR on, or after, September 30, 2013, where there is also an associated valid ATP as of March 21, 2014.

Individuals with a medical need who do not fall within the scope of this court order and who have the support of a licensed healthcare practitioner may register with a licensed producer under the MMPR. See below for information on how to access marijuana for medical purposes from a licensed producer.

Information about the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations