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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are in effect and the Next link will take you to another Web site Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) were repealed on March 31, 2014. Archived information about the MMAR.

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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.

The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) create conditions for a commercial industry that is responsible for its production and distribution. The regulations provide access to quality-controlled dried marijuana for medical purposes, produced under secure and sanitary conditions, to those Canadians who need it, while strengthening the safety of Canadian communities.

Under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations:

  • the process for applicants and health care practitioners is streamlined, eliminating the need for individuals to provide Health Canada with their personal information or apply to the department;
  • personal and designated production by individuals in their homes was eliminated on March 31, 2014; however as indicated below, the effect of the interim injunction permits certain individuals to continue to produce;
  • dried marijuana for medical purposes is distributed through regulated, commercial Licensed Producers who produce a variety of strains;
  • Licensed Producers must demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements such as quality control standards, record-keeping of all activities, as well as inventories of marijuana, and physical security measures to protect against potential diversion;
  • storefronts or retail outlets are not permitted; and,
  • physicians and nurse practitioners, if permitted within their respective province or territory, may sign a medical document enabling patients to purchase the appropriate amount for their medical condition from a Licensed Producer.

The MMAR were repealed on March 31, 2014; however, as a result of a Federal Court interim injunction granted on March 21, 2014, individuals who were previously authorized to grow marijuana under the MMAR, and who meet the terms of the Court order, will be able to continue to do so on an interim basis until the Court reaches a final decision.  As ordered by the Court, individuals with an Authorization to Possess valid on March 21, 2014, may hold a maximum quantity of dried marijuana as specified by their Authorization to Possess or 150 grams, whichever is less.

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 must register with a licensed producer under the MMPR.