How To Access Canada’s New Medical Marijuana Program – Part 1

CANNABIS CULTURE – Health Canada will stop accepting its burdensome, barely-constitutional application for Canada’s former Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) on September 30, 2013.

This system will be replaced with the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR).

Other than designing a difficult-to-navigate webpage, the government agency hasn’t done much to inform doctors or the public about how to access their new medical marijuana program. This is strange given the feds have high projections for the numbers of Canadians who will be purchasing from licensed producers.

Once again, Health Canada has done little to market medical marihuana access. Almost two billion is spent annually on marketing pharmaceuticals. Without some kind of marketing, Canadians won’t know how to access legal medical cannabis.

Instead, Canadians will continue to turn to Facebook or Google for information on how to obtain medical marijuana and find advocates or articles. While Health Canada has failed Canadians, Canadians have taken it upon themselves to make medical marijuana work.

How To Access Canada’s New MMPR Medical Marijuana Program

1. You need only one doctor, regardless of illness. Gone are the specialists and categories of illness in MMAR. The MMPR is wide-open to ensure, regardless of illness, that if you want to medicate with marijuana and have a doctor’s (or in the future, a nurse practitioner’s) support, you’re going to gain access to legal cannabis.

2. You don’t apply to the government for medical marijuana. The burdensome application is not only gone, but so is government involvement. Many believe it’s the feds that frightened-off doctors. It could be true.

3. Health Canada has a one-page PDF sample form. The sample medical document is kind of amazing in its simplicity. It’s not an application, but a form. You can print it off take it your doctor. Download it here.

4. The document looks innocuous, but the third line is the deal-sealer or deal-breaker. “Daily quantity of dried marihuana to be used by the patient” is where all the action is. Convince a doctor to put a number here and you may buy legal cannabis.

5. The rest of the information on the sample form is basic medical office information.

6. Doctor’s signature. Most importantly, the doctor is signing that the information on the form is correct – you intend to use cannabis daily. No endorsement. No recommendation. No obligation. Doctors may still balk at being involved in medical marijuana or they may embrace it. At the moment we still aren’t sure about all the possible barriers to access.

7. Nurse practitioner’s signature. New under the MMPR is the possibility of nurse practitioners signing for medical marijuana. Health Canada will never admit my court case R v. Mernagh forced this option, but Team Mernagh is going to take credit. Currently provincial legislation in every province prevents Nurse Practitioners from actually doing this.

8. Sample Medical Document. Remember, it’s only a sample form and Health Canada notes another document may be used as long as the information is identical. Alternatively (and possibly the best method) would be to use a doctor’s letterhead, because all the medical business information is already on it. A prescription pad note is also doable if it contains all the required information. Any alternative documents must have all the doctor’s information on it and your’s too.

Stay tuned to Cannabis Culture for “How To Access Canada’s New Medical Marijuana Program – Part 2”, where I explain how to submit your form and how to get your medicine.

Matt Mernagh is a medical marijuana user and the lead advocate for access in R v. Mernagh. His book Marijuana Smoker’s Guidebook: The Easy Way To Identify and Enjoy Marijuana Strains is available in bookstores, head shops, Amazon and Indigo.



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  4. Anonymous on

    really want to read part2.Z

  5. Anonymous on

    That’s pretty ironic criticism from someone with such terrible grammar.

  6. GG on

    I believe there will be hundreds of choices of companies that will provide MMJ. Choose carefully there will be good and bad as there is in every industry.

  7. GG on

    The LP’s will not be sending in any of your information to the government.

  8. Reggie on

    Medical Marijuana has a long history of being used to treat people. I’ve watched documentaries about how marijuana became illegal. It boils down to taxes. The government wanted to tax it and people didn’t want to pay. So the US government made it illegal. The Canadian government is finally moving in the right direction. Companies like will become the corner stone of this legal industry.

  9. Anonymous on

    What about the patients that can’t afford to pay for it and were growing themselves for that reason? ?

  10. Barbara on

    When is part 2 coming? I want to take the documents to my GP

  11. Anonymous on

    And where do we mail this doc once filled out?

  12. Anonymous on

    fuck prairie plant and their shitty chemical/heavy-metal ridden marijuana

    the criminal element will thrive and so will the violence

    gangs run the street

  13. Anonymous on

    For the same pot no one wanted from the start.. prarie plant systems
    Thanks to all the shops who pushed for this then got raped in the end.


  14. Dick on

    don’t see anything wrong in it

  15. Dick on

    Will the “licensed growers” be sending the data of all applicants to Health Canada to be kept in a database by Health Canada?

  16. Anonymous on

    Horrible article, Zero info and it all wrong, horrible writer

  17. Matt Mernagh on

    Access and has nothing to do with the issue of supply. You should contact John Conroy LLP and join their lawsuit.

  18. Anonymous on

    1 doctor, any illness,

  19. Anonymous on

    Thank you for this information.

  20. Anonymous on

    If you feel you are responsible for the nurse practitioner’s ability to sign, could you also take responsibly for having a precedent set that removed my right to access medical cannabis.

  21. BigBudAl on

    Ahh no thanks,I think I will boycott it.