A look at the ACMPR: The new Cannabis in Canada.
Access to legal medicinal Cannabis for Canadians is now solely through Health Canada’s Accessing Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). These federal regulations were enacted on August 24, 2016.
The ACMPR allows Canadians to purchase their medicinal Cannabis through a Licensed Producer, grow their own personal supply of medicinal Cannabis or designate someone to grow for them. Canadians who choose to grow their medicinal Cannabis need to be registered and approved by Health Canada and upon receiving their registration certificate from Health Canada, personal growers may buy their genetic starter material from a licensed producer.
The creation of the ACMPR encompasses elements from both past programs; the MMAR (Marihuana Medical Access Regulations) and the MMPR (Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations). These regulations have streamlined medical Cannabis access by making highly regulated Licensed Producers responsible for dried Cannabis and Cannabis oil sales to registered clients, while also allowing those individuals who qualify to grow limited amounts Cannabis for medicinal use.
Canadian physicians continue to be able to provide patients with a Medical Document (prescription) that can then be submitted to either a Licensed Producer, or to Health Canada when registering to become a personal or designated grower. The healthcare community has responded positively to Licensed Producers and the framework Health Canada has laid out. The ACMPR intentions are to make it easier for Canadians who require medicinal Cannabis therapy to access a legal, quality controlled supply of medicinal Cannabis through a Licensed Producer or to be able to produce a limited amount of Cannabis for their own medical purposes.
Since 1997, Canadian courts have required Canada’s federal government to provide Canadians with reasonable access to medicinal Cannabis.
Under the new ACMPR, patients are able to request a Medical Document (prescription) from their practitioner and can then register with a Licensed Producer of their choice. Upon verifying the Medical Document, clients order directly from their Licensed Producer who will ship the medicinal Cannabis via courier. We are here to help at each step.
To learn more about our registration process,
please click the link below.
Producing Your Own Medicinal Cannabis
The ACMPR allows Canadians to register with Health Canada to produce their own personal supply of medicinal Cannabis. Canadians may also designate someone to produce medicinal Cannabis on their behalf.
People wishing to produce their own supply need to apply to Health Canada and not Peace Naturals. Once approved, you will soon be able to purchase your starter materials through Peace Naturals.
Peace Naturals is committed to 100% compliance in all areas:
Safety & Security
Peace Naturals has met and exceeded Health Canada’s security and safety requirements; ensuring harm reduction for our staff, our clients and our community. When you choose Peace Naturals, rest assured your medicine is produced safely and that security is one of our top priorities.
Manufacturing medicinal Cannabis under the ACMPR is no easy task. Licensed Producers follow their own set of Standard Operating Procedures that have been approved by Health Canada. These SOPs include detailed record keeping, sanitation and the workflow of day-to-day tasks.
Producing medicine means meeting medicinal standards. Each lot of Peace Naturals medicinal Cannabis is inspected by our Quality Assurance department and then sent to an accredited 3rd party lab for testing prior to sale. This ensures we meet our quality and purity standards.
To meet ACMPR requirements for distribution, we focus on discretion and consumer and public safety. Packaging must meet strict criteria for child resistance, tamper evidence and must be sent by courier with tracking directly to the client. We monitor all shipments for safe arrival.
Talking to your Doctor
Physicians are becoming increasingly accepting of their patients requests to use medicinal Cannabis therapy. The healthcare community’s awareness of Cannabis benefits continues to improve as we see the number of Canadians accessing legal medicinal Cannabis increasing. You should start by speaking with your primary healthcare practitioner to identify if medicinal Cannabis therapy is a good choice. Your physician is the best person to begin a medicinal Cannabis therapy conversation with. If your physician is agreeable, they will sign a Medical Document. Peace Naturals offers a Medical Document template for download on our registration page that we recommend taking with you to your appointment. Peace Naturals will accept all Medical Document formats meeting ACMPR criteria and we do not require a medical history to become a client. Canadian healthcare laws prevent Peace Naturals from recommending a physician.
Important points to remember:
We work with 1000’s of Canadians and hear from hundreds of new applicants each week so we are very familiar with the nuances of approaching healthcare providers or clinics. From our experience and the experiences of others, here are some important points to remember:
- Your doctor is the best person to speak with as they are intimate with your condition(s) and your current or past treatments.
- Your doctor or clinic may suggest or specify on your Medical Document a limit of THC (or strength of medicine) they are comfortable prescribing. We encourage all doctors to understand we will always request that clients follow those directions, however under the ACMPR, our clients have the right to choose their medicine from any available products.
- Many Canadians are choosing to seek guidance from some of the many Cannabis clinics that have positioned themselves around the country. In speaking with clients, we understand some clinics, and even some doctors, are requiring patients to choose a specific Licensed Producer. Please keep in mind under the ACMPR, the patient has the right to choose their producer. The program has been established to provide patients with fair access to the medicine of their choice. If your doctor or clinic representative is requiring you to enroll with a specific producer, please remind them of your rights under the program and choose the producer that has the medicine you need and your best interests at heart.