Apply For Medical Marijuana
If you are a patient who has been directed by a physician to use cannabis as a treatment, you will have to apply for medical marijuana before starting your prescription. A medical marijuana application can be filed, following a number of easy steps.
The four steps required for getting medical marijuana:
A patient’s first step towards applying for a medical cannabis card is consulting with his/her family physician. Your doctor will base their decision to prescribe marijuana on a number of factors, including your medical history, age, gender, predispositions, family history and the intensity of the condition you may be suffering from. If your family doctor is not comfortable prescribing medical cannabis, a referral to a weed-friendly physician can be made.
Should the acting physician or nurse practitioner deem you to be eligible for medicinal pot, a medical marijuana application form will need to be completed. This document needs to be filled out by the physician and should include:
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Address where you consulted with the doctor
- The dosage, in grams, of marijuana you require per day
- Duration of your prescription, which cannot exceed 1 year from the date the document is signed
- The name and administrative information of the physician signing the document
- An attestation that confirms the authenticity of the above information
This document acts like a medical marijuana prescription that has to be renewed every year; or sooner, if the needs of the patient change.
Our website provides a list of licensed producers in Canada. Patients can go through this list to find a suitable supplier and register with them. Each supplier has their own process and will tell you what additional information needs to be submitted to properly register. If you are not comfortable doing this on your own, ask your physician for guidance.
By law, licensed producers are required to provide medical cannabis via a mail order. When patients sign up with a supplier with all the relevant information, the required quantity of marijuana is mailed to them. At present, Canadian laws do not allow producers to sell marijuana from a storefront location, despite being licensed.
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