About ACMPR And Attaining A Signed Medical Document For Medical Marijuana

In August 2016 Health Canada changed their regulations for medicinal cannabis patients revamping the old Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) and instituting the new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).

The ACMPR states that individuals can only obtain their product from a licensed producer of medical cannabis. Each licensed producer undergoes a rigorous five step process from health canada before they can be approved. Depending on the nature of their license, a producer can have the right to cultivate cannabis, the right to sell cannabis or the right to do both. Producers are able to sell dried marijuana buds and leaves and require a separate license to produce and sell cannabis extracts such as cannabis oils.

In order to obtain cannabis from a licensed producer for medicinal purposes a patient must first get a medical document (similar to a prescription) from a physician. The medical document must contain the healthcare practitioner’s license information, the patient’s name and date of birth, a period of use (one year or less) and the daily quantity of cannabis allowed. Ultimately it is up to the physician’s discretion if they choose to write a medical document for a patient.

Once the medical document is written the patient must use it to register with a licensed producer. Each medical document can only be used for one producer, although depending on circumstances a patient may write multiple medical documents to allow a patient to register with multiple producers. At CMC we facilitate this process for the patient so their registration information and medical documents are sent to the producer of their choice immediately following their appointment.

For more information please see the following report on what the ACMPR means for patients and Health Canada’s list of Licensed Producers.


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