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Guidance Document - Application to become a Licensed Producer under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations

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Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch (HECSB)
Office of Controlled Substances

This guide does not have any official legal status. It is a reference document and appropriate official documents should be consulted.

June 19, 2013

Table of Contents

  1. Purpose
  2. Definitions and Acronyms
  3. Completing the Application to become a Licensed Producer under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR)

1. Purpose

This Guidance Document is intended to help a potential licensed producer understand how to complete the Application to Become a Licensed Producer under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (the application). Activities that require a licence under the MMPR include:

  • possessing, producing, selling, providing, shipping, delivering, transporting, and destroying marihuana;
  • possessing and producing cannabis, other than marihuana, solely for the purpose of conducting in vitro testing that is necessary to determine the percentages of cannabinoids in dried marihuana;
  • selling, providing, shipping, delivering, transporting, and destroying cannabis, other than marihuana, that was obtained or produced solely for the purpose of conducting in vitro testing that is necessary to determine the percentages of cannabinoids in dried marihuana.

Other guidance documents and directives are mentioned throughout this document. Please refer to them as you complete your application to be sure that all appropriate information is included.

This is a guidance document only. It is intended to facilitate the process of completing the application. If there is any inconsistency between this document and theNext link will take you to another Web site  Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) or the Next link will take you to another Web site Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), the CDSA and the MMPR will take precedence. The CDSA and the MMPR are available online or you can obtain a copy by contacting Government of Canada Publication, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A OS9.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all relevant sections of the applications are completed. Incomplete applications may be returned to the applicant. Priority will be given to complete applications.

2. Definitions and Acronyms

The terms used in this document are defined in the CDSA and in the MMPR. Please refer to section 2 of the CDSA and section 1 of the MMPR for a complete list of definitions. For ease of reference, the definitions of dried marihuana, marihuana and cannabis have been set out below.

"Dried marihuana"
means harvested marihuana that has been subjected to any drying process.
"Marihuana"
means the substances referred to as "Cannabis (marihuana)" in subitem 1(2) of Schedule II to the CDSA.

Please note that this includes the plant itself and parts of the plants (seeds, clippings) as well as dried marihuana.
"Cannabis"
means the substance set out in item 1 of Schedule II to the CDSA.

Please note that the term "Cannabis, other than marihuana" in the MMPR is used exclusively to refer to derivatives of cannabis, cannabis preparations and similar synthetic preparations that are used for testing, such as reference standards for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or cannabidiol. These can be obtained or produced solely for the purpose of conducting in vitro testing that is necessary to determine the percentages of cannabinoids in dried marihuana.

3. Completing the Application to become a Licensed Producer under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations

Section 1: Preferred Language of Communication

Please indicate the applicant's preferred language of communication.

Section 2: Applicant Name

Who can apply to become a licensed producer under the MMPR?

  1. Individual adults of 18 years of age or older who ordinarily reside in Canada; or
  2. Corporations that have a head office or a branch office in Canada and whose officers and directors are all adults.

2.a. Applicant Name

This section should be completed by both individual applicants and, in the case of corporations, their authorized corporate representatives.

Please provide the applicant's full legal name and any other name(s) registered with the province, under which the individual intends to identify himself or herself or conduct the activities for which the licence is sought. Please also provide contact information for the applicant, as well as the applicant's gender and date of birth.

2.b. Corporate Applicant

If the applicant is a corporation, please complete section 2.b. of the application. Please provide the legal name(s) of the corporation, and other name registered with a province, under which the corporation intends to identify itself or conduct the activities for which the licence is sought.

As part of the application, the applicant will be required to provide proof of the corporation's name in the form of a photocopy of a certificate of incorporation and, if applicable, a copy of any document filed with the province that states the corporation's name.

A corporate applicant will also be required to provide a list of its officers and directors of the corporation, including the full legal name, date of birth, and gender of each individual, and whether each officer and director holds a valid security clearance.

Section 3: Proposed Personnel

The applicant must designate personnel who will oversee licensed activities at the site. The designated persons must be adults, and must be familiar with the CDSA and its regulations, and the Next link will take you to another Web site Food and Drugs Act.

3.a. Proposed Senior Person in Charge (Senior PIC)

The applicant must designate a Senior Person in Charge (Senior PIC) who has overall responsibility for management of the activities carried out by the licensed producer under their licence at their proposed site. Note: The applicant can be the Senior PIC.

The Senior PIC is considered the representative of the applicant and must have the authority, as an authorized official, to bind the applicant.

Please specify the proposed Senior PIC's full name, title (if applicable), gender and date of birth. Please also provide the telephone number, facsimile number, and e-mail address of the Senior PIC in order to facilitate contact.

3.b. Proposed Responsible Person in Charge (RPIC)

The applicant must designate a Responsible Person in Charge (RPIC) who will work at the site and will be responsible for supervising licensed activities, and for ensuring that the activities comply with the CDSA, its regulations and the Food and Drugs Act.

Please provide the proposed RPIC's full name, gender and date of birth. Please also provide the proposed RPIC's title and proposed work hours.

Note: The proposed Senior PIC can also be the proposed RPIC.

3.c. Proposed Alternate Responsible Person in Charge (A/RPIC)

The applicant may designate one or more Alternate Responsible Persons in Charge (A/RPIC) who will work at the site and have the authority to act for the Responsible Person in Charge (RPIC) when that person is absent.

Please provide the full name, gender and date of birth for the proposed A/RPIC(s). Please also provide the title and proposed work hours for the proposed A/RPIC(s).

If the applicant designates more than one A/RPIC, please indicate the ranking of each A/RPIC (i.e. first alternate, second alternate, etc.).

3.d. Proposed Persons Authorized to Place Orders for Cannabis on Behalf of the Applicant

In order to place orders for cannabis on behalf of the applicant, individuals must be authorized. For example, if you want to order cannabis from another Licensed Producer, the employee placing the order on your behalf first must be authorized before the order can be placed.

Please provide the full name of each individual to be authorized to place orders for cannabis, along with his or her gender. These individuals may include the Senior Person in Charge, the Responsible Person in Charge, and the Alternate Responsible Person(s) in Charge.

Section 4: Security Clearance

The following individuals are required to have a valid security clearance:

  • An individual applicant
  • All officers and directors of a corporate applicant (as identified in section 2.b.)
  • The proposed Senior Person in Charge (as identified in section 3.a.)
  • The proposed Responsible Person in Charge (as identified in section 3.b.)
  • The proposed Alternate Person(s) in Charge (as identified in section 3.c.)

The individuals identified above must hold a valid security clearance. A producer's licence will not be issued if all the security clearances required under the MMPR have not been granted.

If any of these individuals already hold a valid security clearance, please attach the confirmation of the security clearance to the application.

If any of the individuals listed above do not already hold a valid security clearance, they will be required to complete the Security Clearance Application Form. The form can either be sent with the completed application, or it can be sent separately. If sent separately, please attach a note to clearly indicate under which name and for which site the application was made. The Security Clearance Application Form can be found online.

As part of the Security Clearance Application process, each of the individuals identified above will be required to complete the Security Clearance Fingerprint Third Party Consent to Release Personal Information form that will allow a Canadian police force or a fingerprinting company accredited by the RCMP to submit fingerprints to the RCMP for the purposes of a criminal record check.Next link will take you to another Web site  A list of agencies accredited by the RCMP can be found online. The Security Clearance Fingerprint Third Party Consent to Release Personal Information form can be found online. You need to provide a copy of these forms as part of your application.

Note: Applications will not be processed until all completed Security Clearance Application forms associated with this application have been received.

Section 5: Activities and Substances to be Specified on the Licence

5.a. Activities with Marihuana

In this section, the applicant must indicate: the type of activities they propose to carry out; a description of the substances for each activity (i.e., whether the activities involve dried marihuana, marihuana plants and/or marihuana seeds); the building name and address where each of the activities will be taking place; and the purposes for conducting those activities.

The applicant may request a licence to conduct any or all of the following activities for dried marihuana and/or marihuana, other than dried marihuana, which means the plant itself or seeds:

  1. Possession;
  2. Sale or Provision;
  3. Shipping, Transportation or Delivery;
  4. Destruction; and/or
  5. Production

Note: If a licence allows possession of marihuana it is not necessary to have the licence allow the holder to purchase marihuana, be it dried marihuana, the plant itself or seeds.

For example:

  • If you want to produce dried marihuana, the purpose could be to produce for the purpose of selling or providing to registered clients.
  • If you wish to ship marihuana, the purpose could be to ship to registered clients, another licensed producer, or a licensed dealer for testing.
5.a.i. Maximum Quantity of Dried Marihuana to be Produced (if applicable)

Please indicate the maximum quantity of dried marihuana (net weight in kilograms) that you intend to produce and the production period. The maximum quantity and specified period will be indicated on your licence.

5.a.ii. Maximum Quantity of Dried Marihuana to be Sold or Provided to Persons Referred to in the MMPR (if applicable)

Please indicate the maximum quantity of dried marihuana (net weight in kilograms) that you intend to sell or provide to eligible persons (i.e. a registered client, an individual who is responsible for a registered client, a hospital employee or person to whom an exemption relating to dried marihuana has been granted under s.56 of the CDSA). Please also specify the period in which that quantity is to be sold or provided.

Note: In your application you do not need to indicate the amount you intend to sell or provide to another licensed producer, to a licensed dealer, or to the Minister. However, any sales or provision of cannabis to another licensed producer, licensed dealer or the Minister requires a written order and for records of that transaction to be kept.

5.b. Activities with Cannabis (in vitro testing)

Note: You only need to complete this section if you intend to conduct activities with cannabis derivatives, preparations and similar synthetic preparations, other than marihuana, necessary to conduct in vitro testing (e.g. reference standards for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or cannabidiol) to determine the percentages of cannabinoids in dried marihuana.

In this section, the applicant must indicate: the type of activities they propose to carry out; a description of the substances for each activity; the building name and address where each of the activities will be taking place; and the purposes for conducting those activities.

The applicant may request a licence to conduct any or all of the following activities with cannabis, other than marihuana (intended for conducting in vitro testing):

  1. Possession;
  2. Sale or Provision;
  3. Shipping, Transportation or Delivery;
  4. Destruction; and/or
  5. Production

You can possess and produce cannabis, other than marihuana, solely for the purpose of conducting in vitro testing that is necessary to determine the percentages of cannabinoids in dried marihuana. You can also sell, provide, ship, deliver, transport and destroy cannabis, other than marihuana, obtained or produced solely for the purpose of conducting in vitro testing that is necessary to determine the percentages of cannabinoids in dried marihuana.

For example:

  • If you intend to possess derivatives of cannabis, such as THC or cannabidiol found in reference standards, the purpose could be to conduct in vitro testing of dried marihuana you produce to determine the percentages of cannabinoids in dried marihuana.
  • If you intend to produce derivatives of cannabis from marihuana, the purpose could be to conduct in vitro testing of dried marihuana you produce to determine the percentages of cannabinoids in dried marihuana.
  • If you intend to provide cannabis, other than marihuana, the purpose could be to provide solely for the purpose of determining the percentages of cannabinoids in dried marihuana (e.g. providing marihuana produced to another licensed producer for testing).

Section 6: Proposed Site Information

Site Information

The MMPR defines a "site" as (a) a building or a place in a building used by a licensed producer; or (b) an area occupied exclusively by buildings used by a licensed producer.

Please provide the address, telephone number and, if applicable, the facsimile number and email address of the proposed site. If the site's mailing address is different than the site's municipal address, please provide the site's mailing address.

The proposed site must be located indoors and must not be a dwelling-place (i.e. a place of residence).

The proposed site may consist of an area occupied exclusively by buildings used by the applicant. If you intend to conduct licensed activities at more than one site, a separate application must be submitted for each site.

Regardless of the scope of your licensed activities, you will need a separate application for each physical site where you are proposing to undertake activities licensed under the MMPR.

Note: Your site must be available for a pre-licence inspection by Health Canada for compliance with the MMPR.

Building Information

If the proposed site is an area comprised of more than one building, please provide information on each building on the site. Please provide, the building name (if applicable), street address, city, telephone and, if applicable, facsimile numbers, and email address.

Example:
If a proposed site is an area which contains three buildings, you would need to provide information on the site, as well as all three buildings on the site. All three buildings on the site must be used by the applicant only.

If there are buildings on a site that are not exclusively used by the applicant, then these buildings must be treated as separate sites. In this instance, a separate application would be required for each site.

Note: The applicant is encouraged to use their site floor plan, as required under Section 8: Proposed Site and Physical Security, to clarify their site and building information.

Section 7: Ownership of Property

If the applicant is the owner of the entire proposed site, the declaration in this section must be signed by the proposed Senior Person in Charge (Senior PIC) as the person authorized to bind the applicant.

If the proposed site, or any portion of the proposed site, is not owned by the applicant, the declaration in Appendix A must be completed. To complete Appendix A, the applicant must provide the full address of the proposed site, or any portion of the proposed site, for which the applicant is not the owner. The applicant must also provide a description of the activities that will be conducted at that site. The owner/co-owners of the site must then complete and sign the declaration, stating that they: are the owner/co-owner of the proposed site; are fully aware of the activities that the applicant proposes to conduct at that site; and consent to those activities being carried out at the site.

If the proposed site, or any portion of it, is owned by more than one individual, the declaration in Appendix A of the application form must be signed by each owner.

Appendix A must be submitted with applications where the applicant proposes to undertake licensed activities on property not owned by the applicant.

Section 8: Proposed Site and Physical Security

The applicant must comply with the site and physical security requirements under the MMPR. Please attach a detailed description of the security measures and floor plans of the site, including each of the buildings within the proposed site where any licensed activities are to be conducted. The applicant must also include floor plans for the site, including each building of the proposed site where proposed licensed activities are to be conducted.

Your proposed site must be designed in a manner that prevents unauthorized access.

To determine the security measures required for proposed licensed activities, please refer to

The MMPR set out physical security requirements that are necessary to secure sites where licensed producers conduct activities with marihuana, other than storage. The Guidance Document - Building and Production Security Requirements for Marihuana for Medical Purposes provides technical details on how to meet these security requirements.

For storage, Health Canada's Directive on Physical Security Requirements for Controlled Substances establishes security requirements for the storage of all controlled substances including dried marihuana, marihuana seeds, and cannabis (for the purposes of conducting in vitro testing only) by licensed producers. The applicant is encouraged to follow the Directive on Physical Security Requirements for Controlled Substances, as much as possible, in developing the storage elements of their plan.

Please note that the level of security for storage may be different for each building on the proposed site. Please indicate on the building's floor plan the proposed level of security for storage of that building in accordance with the Directive listed above.

The proposed security measures must meet the requirements set out in the Directive on Physical Security Requirements for Controlled Substances and in the MMPR, including:

  • The perimeter of the licensed producer's site must be visually monitored at all times by visual recording devices to detect attempted or actual unauthorized access.
  • The areas within a site where cannabis is present must be visually monitored at all times by visual recording devices to detect illicit conduct.
  • The visual recording devices must be capable of recording attempted or actual unauthorized access in a visible manner.
  • The perimeter of the site and areas within a site where cannabis is present must be secured at all times by an intrusion detection system capable of detecting attempted and actual unauthorized access to or movement in the site, or tampering with the system.
  • The intrusion detection system must be monitored at all times by personnel who can determine the appropriate steps to take in response to any detected activity that is unauthorized.
  • In the case of any detected activity, the personnel must record the date and time of the detected matter and the measures taken in response to it. Personnel must also record the date and time when measures were taken.
  • Access to areas within a site where cannabis is present must include physical barriers that prevent unauthorized access and must be limited to personnel who require access to the areas to perform their work responsibilities. Records must be kept of each person entering or exiting these areas.
  • All areas within a site must be equipped with a system that filters air to prevent the escape of odours and, if present, pollen.

Note: Before a licence can be issued, your compliance with the site and physical security requirements under the MMPR and Health Canada Directive on Physical Security Requirements for Controlled Substances will be verified through a pre-licence inspection conducted by Health Canada.

Section 9: Notice to Local Government, Police and Fire Authorities

Prior to submitting an application to become a licensed producer of marihuana for medical purposes, the applicant must provide a written notice to local authorities to inform them of their intention to submit an application. The notice must include the applicant's name, the activities for which the licence is sought (i.e. that activities are to be conducted in respect of cannabis), the site address (and of each building on the site, if applicable) at which the applicant proposes to conduct those activities, as well as the date when the application will be submitted to Health Canada.

In the application to become a licensed producer of marihuana for medical purposes, please identify the name, title and address of the senior official for each of the following local authorities, as well as the date when the notification was provided:

  • the local police force or Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment responsible for providing policing services to the area in which the proposed site is located;
  • the local fire authority of that area; and
  • the local government (e.g., municipality) of that area.

The Senior Person in Charge must sign the declaration in this section confirming that they have provided the required notice to local authorities. A copy of each notice must be provided with the application.

Section 10: Quality Assurance Pre-Licensing Report

A licensed producer must have an employee designated as a quality assurance person who is responsible for assuring the quality of the dried marihuana, before it is made available for sale. This employee must have the training, experience and technical knowledge related to the proposed licensed activities and the requirements of the MMPR.

The applicant must submit a document signed and dated by the quality assurance person that includes:

  1. a description of the quality assurance person's qualifications in respect of the proposed licensed activities and the requirement of the MMPR; and
  2. a report establishing that the buildings, equipment and proposed sanitation program to be used in conducting the proposed activities referred in the MMPR comply with the regulatory requirements.

The accuracy of the information contained in the report will be verified by Health Canada inspectors during the pre-licence inspection of the proposed site.

For more information on quality requirements, please refer to the Guidance Document - Technical Specifications for Testing Dried Marihuana for Medical Purposes.

Section 11: Record Keeping

The applicant must submit a detailed description of their proposed record keeping methods. This must include a description of the process that will be used for recording transactions relating to licensed activities, including maintaining appropriate records of transactions and dealings with both suppliers and clients.

The method of record keeping proposed by the applicant must permit compliance with the requirements of Part 6 of the MMPR. The record keeping must allow for the reconciliation of orders for cannabis (including marihuana) and shipments and inventories of cannabis (including marihuana).

Note: The Minister of Health can request that a licensed producer provide records, documents and information referred to in the MMPR in the form and at the time specified by the Minister.

Section 12: Declarations and Attestations

The declarations and attestations in the application form must be signed and dated by the proposed Senior Person in Charge.

Section 13: Submission

Please submit your completed application to become a Licensed Producer under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, including all applicable attachments by mail to:

Health Canada
A.L.: 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. If your application is incomplete, it may be returned to you.

A Health Canada representative is available to assist you if you have any questions pertaining to these requirements and the application process. You can send us your questions by email at MMPR-RMFM@hc-sc.gc.ca or call us at 1-866-337-7705.