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Medical Marijuana - Commercial Production Licences in Canada

Are you applying for a commercial Production License through Health Canada's ACMPR program? We provide consulting for the application process. Contact us for details.

Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR)

The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) allows you to grow cannabis at home for personal medical use or produce, distribute and sell marijuana commercially as a business. As such, there are different types of licenses.

Information on the new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR)

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.

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Opportunity for Those Interested in Becoming a Licensed Commercial Producer

The Opportunity

Health Canada is aware that transition to the proposed redesigned Program requires access to an adequate supply of dried marihuana to meet the needs of current and future program participants.

Commercial Marijuana Production

In this regard, Health Canada has identified compliance with requirements relating to the following aspects of production and distribution as being key to obtaining a commercial producer licence:

Dried Marihuana Production, Distribution and Disposition

  • indoor production in a non-residential area;
  • physical security standards;
  • product quality standards;
  • packaging and labelling standards;
  • requirements for the disposal of excess plant material, excess dried marihuana and/or expired dried marihuana.


  • designation of an individual responsible for managing the production and distribution of dried marihuana;
  • specific qualifications for all personnel involved in production and distribution.

Record-keeping and Reporting

  • requirements to keep records relating to all on-site activities for a set period of time, and the ability to provide set records to Health Canada on request;
  • requirements for reporting on activities associated with the cultivation of marihuana and the distribution of dried marihuana.

Compliance and Enforcement

  • pre-qualification audits and pre-licence inspections;
  • inspections and/or audits on an ongoing basis.

Licenced Commercial Marijuana Production

Product prices set by the commercial producers are influenced by market competition. Commercial producers are subjected to regular audits and inspections.

  • The licensed commercial producers are able to produce any strain(s) of cannabis, giving individual customers greater choice.
  • Licensed commercial producers can set the price of the cannabis they produce.

Dried Marihuana Production and Distribution

  • Under the redesigned program, Health Canada no longer enters into a contract with a commercial entity to supply and distribute dried marihuana and marihuana seeds.
  • The only legal source of dried marihuana is commercial producers, who are licensed by Health Canada to produce and distribute dried marihuana.
  • Individuals purchase their supply of dried marihuana and oils from the licensed commercial producers.
  • Personal and designated production would be phased out.
  • In order to be licensed by Health Canada, licensed commercial producers have to demonstrate compliance with requirements related to, for example, product quality, personnel, record-keeping, safety and security, disposal and reporting, as set out in the new regulations. These controls aim to ensure the quality of the product being purchased by program participants, as well as the security of production sites.
  • Health Canada has established a comprehensive compliance and enforcement regime for licensed commercial producers, centered on regular audits and inspections.
  • Licensed commercial producers are required to comply with specific product labelling and packaging requirements. The label and/or the package itself is one way by which a program participant can demonstrate that their supply of marihuana is legal.
  • Licensed commercial producers are only be permitted to produce marihuana indoors.
  • Licensed commercial producers are able to produce any strain(s) of marihuana, thus giving individuals greater choice as to which strain(s) they wish to use.
  • Licensed commercial producers can set the price for marihuana for medical purposes.
  • Licensed commercial producers can only send the dried marihuana and products they cultivate and manufacture to customers by registered mail or bonded courier.

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