Things to know:
If you have a “medical document” from a physician you can order medicinal cannabis from a Licensed Producer (L.P.) while your application is being processed by Health Canada.
The regulations state that, where personal or designated cultivation is concerned, for every authorized gram per day, patients are able to cultivate up to 5 indoor or 2 outdoor cannabis plants.
Starting materials (seeds or clones) can only be purchased from a Licensed Producer. Only those individuals who have registered with Health Canada to produce a limited quantity of cannabis for their own medical purposes or to designate someone to produce it for them are permitted to purchase starting materials (plants and seeds) from licensed producers. A designated person is not permitted to register with a licensed producer to purchase starting materials.
The “Registration certificate” provided by Health Canada will indicate the number of cannabis plants that an individual or their designated person, can produce, and this number will determine how much starting materials the registered individuals can purchase. For example, the total number of plants you order from a Licensed Producer (L.P.) cannot be more than the number authorized on your registration certificate. If you want to order seeds, you may order 3 marijuana seeds for each authorized plant. If you are authorized to produce 5 plants, you may purchase a maximum of 15 seeds. Also, you can order plants and seeds more than once. If your crop is not successful, you can place another order with the same L.P. for more plants or seeds, but you cannot have more plants at your site than the number identified on your registration certificate.
Also some patients may wish to convert their raw cannabis into an oil extract (average ratio being 10 grams of dried cannabis = 1.25 grams of extracted product).
You must meet the requirements of the ACMPR to grow cannabis for your own medical purposes. The requirements state that you must:
Important documents we will require:
If you want another person to grow cannabis on your behalf, you may designate a person to do so. The person you designate to grow cannabis for your medical purposes must meet the following requirements:
This person can be authorized to grow under no more than 2 registrations in total, which means that they could:
You cannot legally grow until you receive a “Registration Certificate”. The Registration Certificate has the location of the site, daily dose in grams, storage limit in grams, number of plants, and possession limit in grams. The storage limit, like the number of plants, and possession limit, is indexed to your grams per day and amount of dried cannabis or its equivalent you can store.