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Transitioning to a New Regime of Licensed Producers

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The Next link will take you to another Web site Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) are now in effect. These regulations will change the way Canadians access marihuana for medical purposes by allowing for the creation of a system of supply and distribution by licensed producers. These producers will be regulated by Health Canada and will be subject to security requirements, inspections, and good production practices.

In order to allow for transition to this new regime of licensed producers, Health Canada will continue to operate its current Marihuana Medical Access Program (current program) concurrently with the new regime until March 31, 2014. As of April 1, 2014, individuals will only be able to access marihuana for medical purposes from licensed producers.

Individuals will be allowed to use either their valid Health Canada-issued Authorization to Possess (ATP) or a medical declaration signed by their physician, valid for up to one year after signature date, to register with and place an order for dried marihuana from a licensed producer.

Once the first established licensed producer has set a price for dried marihuana, Health Canada will change the price of its own supply to match the price set by the licensed producer.

Key milestones are outlined below.

October 1, 2013

  • As of October 1, 2013, Health Canada will no longer accept new applications for production licences under the current program or applications to change the location of, or number of plants at, an existing production site under the current program.
  • As of October 1, 2013, individuals requiring access to marihuana for medical purposes who do not already hold a valid production licence for a given site can choose to obtain dried marihuana from Health Canada, or register with a licensed producer.
  • Health Canada will continue to renew authorizations to possess (ATPs) and to renew licences to produce (which do not involve changes to the location or the number of plants) under the current program until March 31, 2014. Health Canada's supply will be available until March 31, 2014.

March 31, 2014

  • The current Marihuana Medical Access Program will end.
  • All ATPs and production licences issued under the current program will expire. All dried marihuana produced under a personal use or a designated person production licence, or purchased from Health Canada, must be destroyed. Holders of personal use and designated person production licences will be required to destroy their plants or transfer them to a licensed producer by following the appropriate process (refer to Frequently Asked Questions for further details).

April 1, 2014

  • Health Canada will no longer produce or sell marihuana for medical purposes.
  • All individuals requiring access to marihuana for medical purposes must obtain it from a licensed producer.

For information on how to access marihuana for medical purposes during the transition period, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions web page.