Article by Lisa Rough, Leafly
Canada’s imminent legalization is just over the horizon, but for many Canadians seeking relief, it’s not soon enough. The country’s medical marijuana system has been revamped and improved upon several times in the past 15 years since the law was implemented, and now may be a better time than ever to get registered with the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes program.
Below are steps you can take to register as a valid medical marijuana patient in Canada.
Step 1: Contact Your Healthcare Practitioner
First, it’s crucial to talk to your regular physician about your symptoms, treatment options, and the possibility of cannabis as an alternative treatment option.
The qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Canada are as follows:
- Severe refractory nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy
- Loss of appetite and body weight in cancer patients and patients with HIV/AIDS
- Pain and muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis
- Chronic non-cancer pain (neuropathic)
- Severe refractory cancer-associated pain
- Insomnia and depressed mood associated with chronic diseases
- Symptoms encountered in palliative or end-of-life care
- Other symptoms or conditions authorized by your health care practitioner
Step 2: Healthcare Practitioner Completes Authorization Form
Once you and your physician have concluded that medical cannabis would be beneficial for your ailments, they must fill out an authorization form with the following information.
- Patient’s given name and surname
- Patient’s date of birth (DD/MM/YYYY)
- Daily quantity of dried marijuana to be used by the patient (grams / day)
- Period of use in days, weeks, and/or months (Note: the period of use cannot exceed one year)