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Frequently Asked Questions

For Clients

How do I find out how much a licensed producer is charging for marijuana?

You must contact the licensed producer directly for pricing information. A list of licensed producers and their contact information is maintained on the licensed producers web page.

How do I register with a licensed producer using a medical document?

If your healthcare practitioner supports the use of marijuana for medical purposes in your case, he/she must complete a medical document on your behalf.

You must also contact the licensed producer to obtain a registration form, if required, to complete and submit along with your medical document. The registration form and medical document must be submitted directly to the licensed producer. Do not send your medical document or registration form to Health Canada.

Are licensed producers only allowed to produce/sell dried marijuana?

Yes. Licensed producers are allowed to provide dried marijuana for medical purposes.

Do licensed producers sell a variety of strains?

Yes. Please contact licensed producers for additional information.

Is the marijuana produced by licensed producers quality controlled?

Licensed producers are required to follow the Technical Specifications for Testing Dried Marihuana for Medical Purposes. This document is available on the Health Canada website and outlines the conditions that must be met for quality assurance. Health Canada inspects licensed producers to ensure they meet the requirements of the regulations, including these specifications.

How much do licensed producers charge per gram?

Licensed producers are responsible for setting their own prices. Please contact licensed producers directly for this type of information.

Is there a limit to how much marijuana I can possess at any point in time?

Yes. Under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations there is a possession cap of either 30 times the daily quantity of dried marijuana indicated by your healthcare practitioner on your medical document, or 150 grams of dried marijuana, whichever is less. You cannot possess or store an amount of marijuana that exceeds this amount.

General Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) Q&A

Are the MMAR still in force?

No. The MMAR were repealed on March 31, 2014; however, as a result of a Federal Court interim injunction granted on March 21, 2014, individuals who were previously authorized to grow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.

Can PUPL and DPPL holders continue to grow plants?

If your licence falls within the dates of the Federal Court Order (valid PUPLs, DPPLs on or after September 30, 2013 AND related ATP valid on, or after, March 21, 2014), it will remain in place with the same terms and conditions (no change of address, number of plants, storage amounts etc.).

If your authorization or licence is outside the terms of the Federal Court Order, the expiry date was no later than March 31, 2014.

My licence was revoked - can I get it back?

If Health Canada has revoked your authorization or licence prior to March 21, 2014, you do not fall within the terms of the Order and it cannot be reinstated or reissued. Health Canada will not issue new ones or amend existing ATPs, PUPLs or DPPLs.

If your ATP was revoked prior to March 21, 2014, the associated PUPL/DPPL cannot be reinstated or reissued.

Will Health Canada provide ATP/PUPL/DPPL/paperwork from Health Canada?

If your authorization or licence falls within the terms of the Federal Court Order, Health Canada can reprint your existing licence. Please note your licence is only extended in accordance with the terms under which it was originally issued (no change of address, number of plants, storage amounts etc.).

Will Health Canada issue a new PUPL/DPPL?

If your authorization or licence falls within the terms of the Federal Court Order, Health Canada can reprint your existing licence on request. Dates and addresses will not be amended.

If your ATP was revoked, the associated PUPL/DPPL does not fall within the terms of the Federal Court Order and cannot be reprinted, reinstated or reissued.

When does my authorization or licence expire?

If your ATP expired or was revoked prior to March 21, 2014, your ATP and any associated licences are not extended under this court order.

If your ATP was valid on March 21, 2014, and you had a PUPL that was valid on or after September 30, 2014, this order applies to you and your authorization and that licence remains valid on an interim basis until the Court issues a final decision.

If you held a valid DPPL on or after September 30, 2013, and the associated ATP was valid as on March 21, 2014, your DPPL and the associated ATP remain valid on an interim basis until the Court issues a final decision.

Will Health Canada provide starting materials?

Health Canada no longer provides starting materials or dried marijuana for medical purposes. If you are within the terms of the court order, you may continue under the same conditions until the Court issues a final decision. Or, you may choose to switch to the system of licensed producers under the MMPR for a legal source of dried marijuana.

I have a Personal-Use Production Licence or Designated-Person Production Licence. How does the 150 gram limit apply to me?

Plant and storage amounts remain as noted on your PUPL or DPPL. Under the new regulations, individuals who are registered with a licensed producer may possess the lesser of a 30-day supply of dried marijuana or 150 grams of marijuana. As part of the court order, an ATP holder may hold a maximum quantity of dried marijuana as specified by their ATP or 150 grams, whichever is less.

I have a valid ATP with Health Canada supply. Does the court order apply to me?

Health Canada no longer supplies marijuana for medical purposes.

The court order addresses individuals who meet two criteria:

  • Individuals must have held a valid Authorization to Possess under the MMAR on March 21, 2014

    OR
  • Individuals must have held a valid Personal-Use Production Licence or Designated-Person Production Licence under the MMAR on, or after, September 30, 2013, AND related ATP valid on, or after March 21, 2014.

If you already have a valid Authorization to Possess (ATP) that was issued under the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations, you can use your ATP to register with a licensed producer until the validity date shown on the ATP. ATPs will no longer be accepted after March 31, 2015.

My ATP expired. Is my ATP now valid?

Health Canada no longer supplies marijuana for medical purposes.

The court order addresses individuals who meet two criteria:

  • Individuals must have held a valid Authorization to Possess under the MMAR on March 21, 2014

    OR
  • 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.

If your ATP expired prior to March 21, 2014, then it is not extended under this court order.

My PUPL/DPPL expired. Can you send me a new licence?

If your PUPL/DPPL was valid on, or after September 30, 2013 AND the related ATP was valid on, or after March 21, 2014, your licence has now been extended and we can send you a reprint of your existing licence.

Please note your licence is only extended in accordance with the terms under which it was originally issued.

My source of supply is DPPL. Can I switch my designated person?

No. Your licence is only extended in accordance with the terms under which it was originally issued. If you no longer want your designated person to produce marijuana on your behalf you may choose to register with a licensed producer under the MMPR.

Can I change my source of supply?

If you are unsatisfied with your source of supply you may choose to register with a licensed producer under the MMPR.

I've moved. Can I change my ATP/licence?

No. The MMAR were repealed on March 31, 2014 and Health Canada is no longer processing any new ATPs/licences or amending existing documents.

The licence or authorization is only extended in accordance with the terms under which it was originally issued (address, number of plants, storage amounts etc.). You cannot transfer your licence or authorization to a different address.

If your address has changed, Health Canada encourages you to register with a licensed producer using your updated information and access marijuana for medical purposes under the MMPR.

How will I prove to police that I am still allowed to possess/produce marijuana for medical purposes?

You can present your ATP/PUPL/DPPL to police. If the officer is unaware of the injunction order, he/she may call Health Canada to verify certain authorization or licence information.

Can you issue me a new PUPL/DPPL?

If you had a valid ATP and PUPL/DPPL on or after March 21, 2014, we can reprint a copy of your licence and send it to you.

If your PUPL/DPPL expired between September 30, 2013, and March 31, 2014, and the associated ATP was valid on March 21, 2014 with Health Canada supply as the source, your licence has been extended under the court order and we can send you a reprint of your existing licence.

If your most recent ATP, or the associated ATP, expired prior to March 21, 2014, then you do not have a valid licence to produce.

Can I still buy Health Canada supply?

No; however, you may use your ATP in place of a medical document to register with a licensed producer under the MMPR until March 31, 2015.

For Licensed Producers

Where can I obtain the application form to become a licensed producer?

The application, along with guidance documents, are available on the Licensed Producers web page.

What are the requirements to become a licensed producer?

To become a licensed producer, you must meet all requirements of the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, including, but not limited to:

  • obtaining the proper personal security clearances;
  • meeting the physical security requirements for the cultivation and storage areas;
    and
  • submitting a completed licensed producer application.

For further information, please refer to the Licensed Producers web page.

If you have any questions about these requirements or the application process, you can send us your questions by email to MMPR-RMFM@hc-sc.gc.ca or call us at 1-866-337-7705.

Once complete, your application must be submitted to the following address:

Controlled Drugs Section
Licences and Permits Division
Office of Controlled Substances
Controlled Substances and Tobacco Directorate
Health Canada
Address Locator: 0300B
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9

All relevant sections of the application form must be completed and all required documents must be submitted. An incomplete application will not be processed and will be returned to you.

What documents are required for a client to register with a licensed producer?

Licensed producers may accept the following documents:

  1. A medical document - A medical document must be completed in full and signed by a healthcare practitioner.
  2. An Authorization to Possess - This document is issued by Health Canada and can only be used until the end of its validity period, or the expiry date if no separate validity date is indicated.

A licensed producer may also require clients to provide additional supporting documentation.

Once my company registers a client who submitted their Authorization to Possess, what do I do with this document?

Once the client has been successfully registered, you must send a copy of the Authorization to Possess document to Health Canada at the following address:

Office of Medical Cannabis
Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
Health Canada
Address Locator: 0300A
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9

Is there a restriction on how much I can charge patients for dried marijuana?

Licensed producers set their own prices.

What strains of marijuana can I cultivate under a production licence?

The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations do not specify or limit what strains of marijuana can be cultivated.

Can I sell cannabis resins, oils, extractions and edible marijuana products?

No. The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations only permit the sale of dried marijuana.

Can a production site be located outdoors or in a greenhouse?

Production sites can only be located indoors. You can cultivate in a greenhouse if it meets the requirements of the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, including for physical security.

Can I operate a storefront?

No.

Do municipal zoning by-laws apply to my production site?

Licensed producers must comply with all federal, provincial/territorial and municipal laws and by-laws, including municipal zoning by-laws. Licensed producers are required to notify their local government, local police force and local fire officials of their intention to apply to Health Canada, so that local authorities are aware of their proposed location and activities. Licensed producers are also required to communicate with local authorities whenever there is a change in the status of their licence.

For Health Care Practitioners

For which medical conditions would marijuana be used as a treatment option under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR)?

Please refer to the document entitled Information for Health Care Professionals: Cannabis (marihuana, marijuana) and the Cannabinoids for the latest information on the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

How does my patient access marijuana?

Using a medical document completed by their healthcare practitioner, your patient must send the original medical document to a licensed producer with a registration form (provided by the licensed producer). The licensed producer will fill and ship your patient's order, based on the daily amount of dried marijuana indicated on the medical document.

What is the difference between Form B and a medical document?

Form B "Medical Practitioner's Form" is the outdated document under the old regulations and should not be used.

Are there daily amount and duration restrictions under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations?

Various surveys published in peer-reviewed literature suggest that the majority of people using inhaled or orally ingested cannabis for medical purposes are using less than 3 grams of cannabis per day. Please refer to the Health Canada Daily Amount Fact Sheet (Dosage) for additional information

While there are no restrictions under the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations on the daily amount that you may recommend, there is a possession cap of the lesser of 150 grams or 30 times the daily amount.

The medical document must be completed annually (or sooner if you recommend a shorter duration) to ensure that you continue to support your patient's use of marijuana.

Please consult Information for Healthcare Professionals: Cannabis (marihuana, marijuana) and the Cannabinoids for further information.

What routes of administration can I recommend for my patient?

Please consult Information for Health Care Professionals: Cannabis (marihuana, marijuana) and the Cannabinoids for further information.

Typically dried marijuana is consumed orally or inhaled. Smoking is not recommended. Some individuals use their dried marijuana with a vaporizer or in teas.

Is there information available that indicates which strains are better suited to certain conditions?

Please consult Information for Health Care Professionals: Cannabis (marihuana, marijuana) and the Cannabinoids for further information.

Will dried marijuana be assigned a Drug Identification Number?

Drugs are authorized for sale in Canada (and receive a DIN) once they have successfully gone through the drug review process.  This process is the means by which Health Canada scientists review a drug application to assess the safety, efficacy and quality of a drug in order to make sure the drug meets the requirements of the Food and Drug Act and Regulations.  To date, marijuana for medical purposes has not been shown to meet these requirements, and therefore cannot receive a DIN.

Where can I obtain information on the product my patient is considering?

You may contact the licensed producer(s) directly to obtain information about the strain(s) of dried marijuana available. Each product label must include the percentage of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and percentage of Cannabidiol (CBD) in the lot and batch that is being sold.

A list of licensed producers and their contact information is maintained on the Licensed Producers web page.

Please consult Information for Health Care Professionals: Cannabis (marihuana, marijuana) and the Cannabinoids, which contains updated information on the use of marijuana for medical purposes. This document is available on the Health Canada website.

For Police / Law Enforcement

Is Health Canada issuing new licences under MMAR?

As of April 1, 2014, Health Canada is not issuing further licences to individuals. If an ATP was revoked, the associated PUPL/DPPL does not fall within the terms of the Federal Court Order and cannot be reprinted, reinstated or reissued.

Does the police service line still work?

The police service line will continue to operate.

Who can I contact if I am investigating someone who may or may not be authorized under the MMPR?

If an individual presents you with the packaging or a document included in their order of dried marijuana from a licensed producer, you may contact the licensed producer to confirm the registration and the daily quantity of dried marijuana. The licensed producer must confirm that you are a member of a Canadian police force, the information must be requested in the context of an investigation under the CDSA or the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations and you must provide the name of the individual, the date of birth and the gender.

Will authorization and licence documents issued under the MMAR constitute valid proof of authority to possess or produce marijuana after March 31, 2014?

Yes. Individuals should use their original documents as proof of authorization or licence if their documents fall within the terms of the Federal court Order.

As well, as ordered by the court, individuals with an ATP valid on March 21, 2014, may hold a maximum quantity of dried marijuana as specified by their ATP or 150 grams, whichever is less.

Is there a limit to the amount of dried marijuana someone can carry on their person under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations?

Yes. The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations impose a maximum possession cap of the lesser of 150 grams of dried marijuana or 30 times their daily amount at any one time. For example, if an individual has a daily amount of 2 grams per day, their possession cap would be 60 grams.

As well, as ordered by the court, individuals with an ATP valid on March 21, 2014, may hold a maximum quantity of dried marijuana as specified by their ATP or 150 grams, whichever is less.

For Municipalities

Are licensed producers subject to local legislation and by-laws?

Licensed producers must comply with all federal, provincial/territorial and municipal laws and by-laws, including municipal zoning by-laws. Licensed producers are required to notify their local government, local police force and local fire officials of their intention to apply to Health Canada, so that local authorities are aware of their proposed location and activities. Licensed producers are also required to communicate with local authorities whenever there is a change in the status of their licence. Health Canada inspects for compliance with the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations and any related federal legislation.

Can municipalities stop the licensing process if they disagree with the proposed site of production or any other requirement?

Local authorities can communicate any concerns directly to the production site owner and enforce local legislation and by-laws.

Can compassion clubs dispense for a licensed producer?

No. Licensed producers must ship dried marijuana directly to the client or the client's healthcare practitioner (if indicated).