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Information for Law Enforcement

The Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) were repealed on March 31, 2014. The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) provide the only legal means through which Canadians can obtain access to dried marijuana for medical purposes, except as noted below.

Access under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR)

Under the MMPR, individuals who have the support of their healthcare practitioner can access marijuana for medical purposes from licensed producers.

Licensed producers must meet strict security and quality standards. A list of licensed producers is available and the client's proof of authority to possess marijuana for medical purposes may either be the label on the packaging or a separate document accompanying the shipment of dried marijuana provided by the licensed producer.

The maximum amount that may be possessed by clients registered with a licensed producer is 30 times the daily amount indicated by their healthcare practitioner, to a maximum of 150 grams.

Individuals who access marijuana for medical purposes from licensed producers are not permitted to:

  • Let others use their marijuana;
  • Grow marijuana;
  • Import to, or export from, Canada any marijuana or marijuana seeds; or
  • Produce derivatives of marijuana such as hashish, hash oil, resin, etc.

For more information about the MMPR, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.

Interim Injunction under the MMAR

The MMAR were repealed on March 31, 2014; however, as a result of a Federal Court interim injunction granted on March 21, 2014, individuals who were previously authorized to grow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.   The storage amounts for PUPLs/DPPLs did not change.