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How to Become a
Health Canada Licenced Producer
Licenced Producers: Access to
Cannabis for Medical Purposes
The Access to Cannabis for
Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR)
allows you to produce, distribute
and sell marijuana
commercially as a business.
Are you applying for a
commercial Production License
through Health Canada's ACMPR
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Information on the new Access
to Cannabis for Medical Purposes
On August 11, 2016, Health Canada
announced the new Access to
Cannabis for Medical Purposes
These new regulations
replaced the Marihuana for Medical
Purposes Regulations (MMPR) when
they came into force on August 24,
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To legally possess, sell, provide, ship, deliver, transport and/or destroy, produce, export and/or import marihuana for medical purposes under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, interested
parties would have to apply to Health Canada to become a licensed producer.
What you should know:
To obtain a producer's licence from Health Canada, interested individuals or corporations would have to demonstrate compliance with the requirements outlined in the proposed Marihuana for Medical
The regulations would provide access to quality-controlled marihuana for medical purposes to Canadians who need it. Therefore, licensed producers would be subject to good production practices that are
meant, among other things, to ensure the cleanliness of the premises and equipment. The licensed producer would also be required to employ a quality assurance person with appropriate training, experience,
and technical knowledge to approve the quality of dried marihuana prior to making it available for sale.
Licensed producers would also have to test dried marihuana for microbial and chemical contaminants.
The Food and Drugs Act (FDA) would apply to licensed producers
- Marihuana must not be produced under unsanitary conditions;
- Marihuana must not be adulterated;
- There is a prohibition on labelling, packaging, selling or advertising in a manner that is false, misleading or deceptive.
Production sites would only be located indoors, and not in a private dwelling. This would reduce the risks of diversion posed by outdoor production and the health and safety risks associated with producing
marihuana in a private dwelling.
Health Canada has established security requirements for the storage of all controlled substances. These requirements are scaled to
the illicit market value of the controlled substance and to the crime rates in various areas.
Specific security requirements would apply to the storage of dried marihuana by licensed producers.
The proposed regulations also set out physical security requirements that would be necessary to secure sites where licensed producers conduct activities with marihuana.
All applicants for a producer's licence would have to demonstrate to Health Canada that they meet these security requirements. Licensed producer sites would be subject to compliance and enforcement
measures, including regular audits and Government inspections.
Dried marihuana would have to be packaged in a tamper-evident and child-resistant container, and contain standard information about the product (for example, the weight in grams, the packaging date, the
expiry date). In addition, all licensed producers would be required to attach a client-specific label, similar to a patient-specific prescription drug label, to the package of dried marihuana. The label would also
include the shipping date and the anticipated date of delivery to the registered client.
Under the proposed regulations, each package of dried marihuana sold to a client would need to be accompanied by a copy of the most current version of the Health Canada document entitled "Information on
the Use of Marihuana for Medical Purposes". This document indicates that the safety and efficacy of dried marihuana for medical purposes has not been established. It provides a summary of the known
information about the uses and risks of marihuana for medical purposes so that individuals could be informed about their treatment choice.
here for more information on the
Marihuana for Medical Purposes
Interested in Applying to Become a Licensed Producer?
Applications to become a licensed producer will not be accepted until the regulations are promulgated. This is anticipated for spring 2013. An application form and guidance on the application process will be
made available in advance of the promulgation of the final regulations.
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