Health Canada. Drugs and Health Products
Medical Use of Marijuana
|Location, Telephone & Internet|
|Toll Free Phone||1-866-337-7705|
|Description & Services|
|Description||Health Canada grants access to marihuana for medical use to those who are suffering from grave and debilitating illnesses. Health Canada implemented the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations, which clearly define the circumstances and the manner in which access to marihuana for medical purposes will be permitted. The Regulations contain three main components: Authorizations to possess dried marihuana; licences to produce marihuana, which include Personal-Use Production Licences and Designated Person Production Licences; and access to supply of marihuana seeds or dried marihuana. |
The regulations outline two categories of people who can apply to possess marihuana for medical purposes.
This category is comprised of any symptoms treated within the context of providing compassionate end-of-life care; or the symptoms associated with the specified medical conditions listed in the schedule to the Regulations.
Applicants must provide a declaration from a medical practitioner to support their application.
This category is for applicants who have debilitating symptom (s) of medical condition (s), other than those described in Category 1. Under Category 2, persons with debilitating symptoms can apply to obtain an Authorization to Possess dried marihuana for medical purposes, if a specialist confirms the diagnosis and that conventional treatments have failed or judged inappropriate to relieve symptoms of the medical condition. While an assessment of the applicant's case by a specialist is required, the treating physician, whether or not a specialist, can sign the medical declaration.
An application must be submitted in writing to Health Canada. Application forms and guidelines are available online or by calling Health Canada toll-free, at: 1-866-337-7705. Applicants must provide a declaration from a medical practitioner to support the application.
Can applicants grow their own marihuana?
Yes, if you are authorized by Health Canada to possess dried marihuana for medical purposes, you can apply for a Personal-Use Production Licence or apply to have someone grow for you with a Designated-Person Production Licence if you are unable to grow your own.
|Hours||Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm|
|Languages||English ; French|
|Subjects||Alternative medicine ; Health|
|Service Categories||Alternative Medicine|