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