If you are living within Canada and consider yourself a cannabis connoisseur, chances are you have heard of the ACMPR. The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations defines everything from how cannabis can be grown to who can distribute and sell the product. For any cannabis enthusiasts who use the miracle plant for medical purposes, you can avoid going to overpriced medical dispensaries by applying through Health Canada for your ACMPR license to legally grow your own cannabis. The process is relatively simple, but before you start read up on everything you need to know about the ACMPR.
What is the purpose of the ACMPR?
The main purpose of the ACMPR is to explain to potential medical growers how to legally obtain a grow license for personal cannabis use, or how to legally designate someone to grow for you. It also explains how to apply for a commercial license to produce and sell fresh cannabis, dried cannabis, plants, clones, seeds, and oils. The process for each differs greatly, and it makes sense that the commercial distribution is extensive and much more difficult than growing for personal use. The laws regarding the ACMPR came about in August 2016 replacing the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR).
What are the differences between the ACMPR and the previous MMPR?
The main difference between the two is that the ACMPR gives licensed producers the ability to grow and distribute marijuana plants and seeds to anyone who is registered with Health Canada to legally grow medical weed for personal use. In the past, any legal growers for personal use had to purchase seeds directly from Health Canada. Another significant change between the ACMPR and MMPR is that licensed producers can now sell cannabis oil, which they could not do in the past. Other minor changes include things like labelling and packaging requirements as well as different protocols when testing the cannabis for sale.
What are the methods for accessing cannabis according to the ACMPR?
Once you gain authorization from a qualified healthcare professional, there are three different ways you can access medical marijuana. The first is to register with a licensed producer – like a medical dispensary – to obtain your cannabis. The next is one of the better options, and it involves getting a license to grow plants for your own personal medical use. Before you receive your license to grow you will have to have a qualified doctor prescribe you a certain amount of grams per day, and then Health Canada will determine if you qualify and decide how many plants you will be allowed to grow based on this prescription.
Depending on how many grams per day you are prescribed, you can grow as many as 500 plants for personal use. If growing is not something that interests you or you don’t have the time or money to start a grow operation, the third option is to designate someone to grow medical cannabis on your behalf. For any of these options, you’ll need to apply directly to Health Canada for approval.