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Learn how to access or possess cannabis for your own medical purposes and register with Health Canada under the Cannabis Regulations.
If a person wants to use cannabis for medical purposes, the first step is to visit a health care practitioner. A health care practitioner will assess the person to determine if cannabis is an appropriate option for him/her. If the health care practitioner determines that cannabis is an appropriate option, the practitioner would give the person a medical document.
The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) provide the legal means through which Canadians can obtain access to cannabis for medical purposes, except as noted below (see section regarding the injunction). Under section 15 of the ACMPR, any individual who possesses or produces fresh or dried marijuana, cannabis oil, marijuana plants or seeds (or a product derived from one of these substances) is required, at the request of a police officer, to demonstrate that they are authorized to do so.
Impairment can last for more than 24 hours after cannabis use, well after other effects may have faded.
Get the current facts about using cannabis for non-medical purposes during pregnancy and the health effects it can cause a growing child.
Health Canada collects data on cannabis under the Cannabis Tracking System Ministerial Order. Data collected is for these types of cannabis in the legal industry: dried cannabis, edible cannabis, cannabis extracts, cannabis topicals, cannabis plants and cannabis seeds. Data categories includes: medical sales, non-medical sales, packaged inventory, unpackaged inventory and licensed area.
How to access cannabis for medical purposes.
The Cannabis Act came into force on October 17, 2018. Since that date, new regulations have replaced the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). Some changes have been made to improve patient access.
Health Canada collects and publishes data on cannabis used for medical purposes under the Cannabis Act, the Cannabis Regulations, and the Cannabis Tracking System Order. Additional data on cannabis is available on the cannabis research and data page. In particular, the amount of cannabis sold for medical purposes is published on a quarterly basis and is available on the cannabis market data page.
Learn how to access cannabis for your medical purposes from licensed producers under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).