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Information for Healthcare Practitioners

If you are a licensed healthcare practitioner and you want to know more about the use of marijuana for medical purposes (for example, pharmacology, risks, purported clinical indications, contraindications, etc.) the following resources will provide you with scientific and medical information to help you in discussions with your patients.

If you and your patient conclude that marijuana for medical purposes is an appropriate option for her/him, you will need to complete a medical document (or other document containing the same information). For additional application requirements, you can direct your patient to the section How to Access Dried Marijuana for Medical Purposes.

When you discuss daily amount with your patient, it is useful to remember that the recommended daily amount dictates the total amount the patient will be authorized to possess.

Various surveys published in the peer-reviewed scientific and medical literature have suggested that the majority of people using smoked or orally ingested cannabis for therapeutic purposes reported using approximately 1-3 g of dried cannabis per day.

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

View our list of frequently asked questions for healthcare practitioners.

Sample Medical Document for Marijuana for Medical Purposes

Help on accessing alternative formats, such as Portable Document Format (PDF), Microsoft Word and PowerPoint (PPT) files, can be obtained in the alternate format help section.

This document may be completed by the applicant's authorized healthcare practitioner as defined in the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. An authorized healthcare practitioner includes physicians in all provinces and territories, and nurse practitioners in provinces and territories where prescribing dried marijuana for medical purposes is permitted under their scope of practice. If another document is used, it must contain all of the information below.

Patient's Given Name and Surname:
Patient's Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY):
Daily quantity of dried marijuana to be used by the patient: _ g/day

The period of use is ____day(s) _____week(s) _____month(s).

NOTE: The period of use cannot exceed one year

Healthcare practitioner's given name and surname:
Healthcare practitioner's business address:&
Full business address of the location at which the patient consulted the healthcare practitioner
(if different than above):

Phone Number:
Fax Number (if applicable):
Email Address (if applicable):

Province(s) Authorized to Practice in:
Healthcare Practitioner's Licence number:

By signing this document, the healthcare practitioner is attesting that the information contained in this document is correct and complete.

Healthcare Practitioner's Signature:
Date Signed (DD/MM/YYYY):