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A patient may only apply to the program, under the Marijuana Medical Access Regulations, if he or she resides in Canada, and is able to provide a medical declaration from a licensed health care provider. The declaration must state that both the patient and the physician feel that the conventional treatments that have been tried or considered are medically inappropriate or ineffective for the treatment of the condition.

There are two categories of conditions and symptoms caused by conditions. The first category lists qualifying conditions. Category two is for those conditions or symptoms caused by conditions that are not listed in category one. Category two applicants will require more supporting documentation.

Category one applicants will suffer from one of the conditions listed below, or from any condition that is treated with “end-of-life-care.”

  1. Multiple sclerosis
  2. Spinal cord injury
  3. Spinal cord disease
  4. Cancer
  5. HIV/AIDS
  6. Epilepsy
  7. Severe forms of arthritis

Patients suffering from a debilitating condition or symptoms caused by a condition that is not listed in category one are able to apply under category two. The patient must get certification from a licensed physician, and then the case must also be assessed by a specialist.

Each applicant must include the following documents to apply:

  • Form A (applicant information)
  • These are to be completed by the medical care provider:
    Form B1 (if applying under category 1)or Form B2 (if applying under category 2)
  • Form E1
  • 2 current passport style photographs of the patient, signed by the physician

Mail application and all supporting documents in one envelope to:

Marihuana Medical Access Division
Drug Strategy and Controlled Substances Programme
Health Canada
Address Locator: 3503B
Ottawa, ON K1A 1B9

Each patient authorized to possess dried herb may purchase up to a one month supply from an authorized supplier. The product can be shipped to the patient’s home address, or to the doctor’s office if the doctor agrees. It may take up to fourteen days to receive the order. Find a list of producers authorized under the Marijuana Medical Access Program here.

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