Article by Cannascribe
If you have been following the news, you may have seen a recent flurry of marijuana dispensary raids, closures and even arrests of their customers. This short post may help to clarify some of the misconceptions about the legality of medical marijuana.
As per Canadian law the only legal way to acquire medical cannabis is with a recognized physician that will fill out a medical document granting the patients access to medical cannabis. You have to have seen a practitioner who issues a prescription and that prescription is placed with a federally regulated licensed producer.
After you get your prescription, you will need to file it with a Licensed Producer and then the medicine is ordered online and delivered to the your home by mail. With the first order, you will also receive their Medical Marijuana Identification Card.
Although dispensaries are also issuing “membership cards” these are NOT considered legal in the eyes of the law. If authorities do pull you over and find marijuana on your person and you have a membership card from a dispensary they could technically charge you, if they choose to do so under the current law.
On the contrary, if you were pulled over and had your marijuana in your labeled licensed producer packaging that your medicine comes in then this proves that you are a registered legal patient. You can also safely fly within Canada and have your medicine on your person, as long as you have the labeled licensed producer packaging.