Common Questions

What is the ACMPR?

The ACMPR is the acronym for the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations; this is the current legislation that defines how legal medical cannabis can be obtained and accessed in Canada.

Is there a charge to see the doctor?

No. All in-person physician consultations are covered by provincial health care plans. For consultations conducted via our secure HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing application, additional fees may apply.

Is there a TCN membership fee?

TCN is a membership driven organization. We do charge an annual membership fee of $150 (plus applicable taxes) which helps us cover the costs of the various services we provide that are not covered by provincial health insurance plans. This includes but is not limited to year round access to Nurse Educators, gathering and collecting your supporting documentation, development of personalized treatment plans and continuous follow-up care through our Nursing Team. Our membership also provides additional perks including, but not limited to, discounts from select licensed producers, discounts on various accessories, and free admission to various TCN events.

Do I need a referral?

A referral from your own family physician is helpful but not mandatory. We have referral forms available for download that you can give to your family physician.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

For your appointment day, you would only be required to provide your provincial health insurance card or some form of personal ID. However, in order to obtain an appointment with one of the TCN physicians, you would be required to provide us with supporting documentation which elaborates on your medical conditions; this primarily includes documentation confirming your diagnosis and treatments exhausted for your condition.

Will I qualify for medical cannabis?

Health Canada lists a range of medical conditions and symptoms that dried cannabis can be used for, these include but are not limited to Canadians suffering from:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Palliative care
  • PTSD
  • Sleep disorders

If you are unsure if your condition would be suitable for this treatment feel free to contact the TCN intake coordinator or nurse educator to get more information. 

Can I legally grow my own cannabis?

Under the ACMPR, you can opt to grow your own medical cannabis at home, however, currently the TCN assists with this process on a case by case basis. Please contact the TCN intake to inquire about more information regarding personal production. 

Do I have to purchase my medical cannabis from a Licensed Producer?

In Canada, the only legal way to obtain medical cannabis is from a licensed producer. Our Nurse Educators are familiar with each of the licensed producers in Canada and can help you make an informed choice. You can find a current list of licensed producers here.

Can I legally obtain medical cannabis from a dispensary?

At this time, no. Health Canada stipulates that medical cannabis be sold to patients by a registered licensed producer only.

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