Medical Cannabis Laws and Regulations in Canada: A Broad Overview
Canada has been at the forefront of cannabis legislation, becoming the second country in the world to legalise both medical and recreational cannabis use. The country has a comprehensive regulatory framework for medical cannabis. Let’s explore these laws and regulations.
The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR)
Implemented by Health Canada in 2016, the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) regulates the production, distribution, sale, and possession of cannabis for medical purposes. ACMPR was later replaced by the Cannabis Act, but the provisions for medical cannabis access remain largely the same [Source].
Obtaining Medical Cannabis
Patients must obtain a medical document from a healthcare practitioner and register with a licensed producer to legally obtain medical cannabis [Source]. They can also apply to Health Canada to produce a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes or designate someone else to produce it for them.
Restrictions and Limits
While medical cannabis is legal