Under recent legislation, Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation (ACMPR), tens of thousands of Canadians are legally qualified to possess and use medical marijuana as a treatment for a variety of ailments. The ACMPR replaced the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) in August of 2016.
While most of the provisions of the MMPR remain intact in the new regulations, there are a few groundbreaking changes. One of the most notable additions is the provision that allows Canadians qualified to receive medical cannabis treatment to “produce a limited amount of cannabis for their own medical purposes or to designate someone to produce it for them.” (Health Canada, 2016)
Conditions Eligible for Medical Cannabis Treatment
According to the ACMPR, below are some illnesses that qualify a patient for medical cannabis treatment:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Brain Injury
- Chronic Nausea
- Chronic Pain
- Eating Disorder
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Head Injury
- Hepatitis C
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Kidney Failure/Dialysis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscle Spasms
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post Traumatic SD
- Severe Arthritis
- Sleep Disorders
- Spinal Cord Injury/disease
Having any one of these conditions does not mean a patient can immediately get their supply of the drug or grow their own. There are certain steps to follow to remain in compliance with the law.
The ACMPR states that health care practitioners are responsible for authorizing medical cannabis treatment for patients. The patient needs to consult with a health care practitioner who will complete the required document for a cannabis prescription.
This document includes the patient’s personal details, the amount of dried marijuana they are authorized to use, and how long they can use it (a maximum of one year after the document is signed). If a patient desires to produce their own cannabis for medical use or designate someone else do it for them, they need to register with Health Canada using the same medical document. They also need it to register with a licensed producer. As of February 2018, there are 90 licensed producers in Canada.
The physicians at the Clinic Network assess patients’ eligibility for medical cannabis use. We carry out the assessment by reviewing patients’ medical charts and consulting with their primary care physicians. If a patient qualifies, the physician will provide the necessary paperwork, and one of our educators will assist them in selecting a suitable licensed producer.
Find out if you are qualified to use medical marijuana, and gain access to a safe and effective alternative to modern day medicine. Call us at 1-855-462-3646 or send us an email.