FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS?
If you are an eligible medical cannabis patient you must consult a physician in order to obtain a medical document which will grant you access to the ACMPR. Once you have registered with your desired Licensed Producer you may begin ordering your medicine through their eCommerce platforms located on their websites.
HOW DO I RECEIVE MY MEDICAL CANNABIS LEGALLY?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CANNABIS, MARIJUANA, AND MARIHUNA?
Cannabis: /ˈkanəbəs/ noun
a tall plant with a stiff upright stem, divided serrated leaves, and glandular hairs. It is used to produce hemp fiber and as a psychotropic drug.
Marijuana: /ˌmerəˈ(h)wänə/ noun
cannabis, especially as smoked in cigarettes.
Marihuana: /ˌmerəˈ(h)wänə/ noun
noun: marihuana cannabis
especially as smoked in cigarettes.
WHAT IS THE ACMPR?
ACMPR stands for Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations and is the new set of regulations for patients to access Medical Cannabis in Canada. These regulations became active August 24th, 2016 in order to update the prior program, the MMPR. These regs are a fully developed formal system for physicians, patients, and large-scale commercial cultivators (known as Licensed Producers) structure the way medical cannabis is accessed, grown, bought and sold.
“The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) was introduced June 2013 and became effective as of April 1, 2014. The regulations put in place create a structure for an industry that is responsible for the production and distribution of medical marijuana. Their main focus is so Canadians with a medical need can access quality controlled cannabis grown under secure and sanitary conditions.”
WHAT IS THE MMPR?
“From 2001-2014, Health Canada granted access to marihuana for medical purposes to Canadians who have had the support of their physicians. Once approved under the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR), individuals had three options for obtaining a legal supply of dried marihuana: 1) they could apply under the MMAR to access Health Canada’s supply of dried marihuana (ATP); 2) they could apply for a personal-use production licence (PPL); or 3) they can designate someone to cultivate on their behalf with a designated-person production licence (DPL).”
WHAT IS THE MMAR?
Licensed Producer: Licensed Producers were developed as the MMPR program came into effect. They are a health canada regulated corporation that keeps up to date with quality control laws in order to produce and distribute cannabis as medicine.
Dispensary: Dispensaries have been around for 20 years, and came into existence when the MMAR (ATP/PPL/DPL) program was in effect (preMMPR). In the instance a patient was unable to produce their own cannabis, they would designate someone to grow their medicine for them, under the DPL. Majority of these growers became experts in their field and in turn took on many patients. For safety reasons the growers kept their grow sites private. In order for the patients to access their medicine, they needed a safe meet and greet site for both parties. That is when dispensaries were born.
Since 2015 multiple dispensaries have sprouted up in the GTA in hopes of filling a void. The void has been created due to the dosing cap placed on the Licensed Producers by Health Canada. Unfortunately this void puts patients who suffer from severe conditions such as cancer for example in a difficult situation. These patients require higher doses of cannabinoids which can only be found in extracts.