With the legalization of recreational cannabis essentially in full force, there have been a lot of questions about what the future of medical marijuana in Canada will look like. After all, with recreational weed readily available, is it really necessary to maintain a separate system for legal cannabis? Actually, it is. Medical marijuana dispensaries provide a wider variety of products such as edibles, concentrates, and topicals, which makes it easier for patients to find the consumption method that best suits their condition. The system for recreational cannabis simply doesn’t have provisions for these types of products yet, although it has been indicated that recreational edibles and concentrates will be available for sale approximately one year after legalization takes place.
The good news is that there are no plans to change the laws and regulations on medical marijuana. So if you’re interested in using cannabis for medical purposes, you can breathe easy, because relief is just a few simple steps away. Here’s a quick guide on how to become a new medical marijuana patient in Canada, and gain access to cannabis products that can help.
Schedule a Doctor’s Appointment
While a toke a day may keep the doctor away, the first step towards becoming a new patient is still a good old-fashioned visit to your medical provider. During this appointment, you’ll need to indicate that you’re interested in using medical marijuana to treat your condition. Together, you and your healthcare provider will go over the list of symptoms that cannabis may help alleviate, and if your doctor agrees that a limited amount of cannabis would be beneficial, they’ll provide a medical document indicating that you’re authorized to buy and consume medical marijuana. This document includes basic information like your name and date of birth, how many grams per day are recommended, and the expected period of use. It’s important to know that your doctor can only authorize the use of medical cannabis for a maximum period of one year, so you’ll need to go back for regular checkups, which is probably a good idea anyway!
Under current regulations, medical marijuana patients are permitted to possess a 30-day supply of dried cannabis or equivalent, or up to 150 grams, whichever is lower. For example, if your doctor recommends 2 grams of dried cannabis per day, you could legally possess up to 60 grams at a time. However, if a 30-day supply of cannabis exceeds 150 grams, you’ve hit the upper limit, and won’t be able to possess any more than 150 grams.
Register with a Licensed Producer
Now that you’re authorized, the next step is finding a licensed producer. You can register with any licensed producer you prefer, which gives you a lot of options! Don’t be afraid to shop around, and find the licensed producer that’s tailored to meet your needs. You’ll need to complete a registration form that’s specific to your chosen producer, which can often be found on the licensed producer’s website or by contacting them directly. You’ll also be required to provide the medical document from your doctor. If you’d like to, you can switch licensed producers at any time, but you’ll need to cancel your registration with your current producer, and obtain a new medical document to register with the new producer.
As you can see, becoming a new medical marijuana patient is pretty straightforward. Are you interested in seeing if medical cannabis can help you find relief? Visit your doctor today!