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Information on the new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations

On August 11, 2016, Health Canada announced the new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).

These new regulations replaced the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) when they came into force on August 24, 2016.

These new regulations allow for reasonable access to cannabis for medical purposes for Canadians who are authorized to use cannabis for medical purposes by their health care practitioner.

What does this mean for Licensed Producers (LP)?

The 53 commercial Licensed Producers across Canada, which are currently supplying close to 170,000 Canadians, are the main source of safe, quality-controlled cannabis for medical purposes.

In addition to continuing to provide access to dried or fresh marijuana or cannabis oil, these licensed producers are the only legal source of starting materials (seeds or plants) and interim supply to individuals who are registered with Health Canada to produce or who have designated someone to produce for them, a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes.

How to commercially produce, distribute and sell cannabis legally in Canada.

Do the regulations allow storefront operations?

No. Access to cannabis for medical purposes is only permitted under the terms and conditions set out in the regulations. Storefront operations selling marijuana, commonly known as “dispensaries” and “compassion clubs” are not authorized to sell cannabis for medical or any other purposes.

These operations are illegally supplied, and provide products that are unregulated and may be unsafe. Illegal storefront distribution and sale of cannabis are subject to law enforcement action. The only legal commercial source of safe, quality-controlled cannabis for medical purposes in Canada is through purchase directly from one of the 34 producers licenced by Health Canada.

Is Health Canada contemplating other changes? What do these regulations mean in terms of the Government’s commitment to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to marijuana?

These regulations provide an immediate solution that is necessary to address the issue of reasonable access identified by the Federal Court within the six month deadline that the Court provided.

These changes should not be interpreted as being the longer-term plan for the regulation of access to cannabis for medical purposes, which is presently being determined as part of the Government’s commitment to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to marijuana.

These new regulations will continue to be evaluated to ensure that individuals authorized to access cannabis for their own medical purposes have reasonable access.

Health Canada is also committed to studying other models, including pharmacy distribution, to provide access to cannabis for medical purposes.

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