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Thousands of Canadians are federally licensed to possess and use medical marijuana through Health Canada. Medical marijuana is a proven safe, virtually side effect-free alternative to all pharmaceuticals. Different strains affect different illnesses. We want to help find the right one for you.
The only way to legally protect yourself is through Health Canada's Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) program. To qualify for the Marihuana Medical Access Program (MMAP) you need to have Form A and either Form B1 (for Category 1 conditions) or Form B2 (for Category 2 conditions) signed by your specialist or family doctor depending on what condition you are looking to use medicinal marijuana for.
A Note on Specialists
Chiropractors, Naturopathic Doctors, Counsellors, or any other type of therapists are not considered eligible specialists to diagnose for the MMAR program under Health Canada's application guidelines.
A specialist eligible for signing patients into this program must complete the certifying examinations of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and obtain a license from the licensing authority in the province/territory they work.
You can confirm the status of your physician or surgeon in the RCPSC Directory of Fellows.
Who is eligible to use medical marijuana?
The regulations outline two categories of people who can apply to possess marijuana for medical purposes.
This category is comprised of any symptoms treated within the context of providing compassionate end-of-life care; or the symptoms associated with the specified medical conditions listed in the schedule to the Regulations, namely:
- Severe pain and/or persistent muscle spasms from multiple sclerosis;
- Severe pain and/or persistent muscle spasms from a spinal cord injury;
- Severe pain and/or persistent muscle spasms from spinal cord disease;
- Severe pain, cachexia, anorexia, weight loss, and/or severe nausea from cancer;
- Severe pain, cachexia, anorexia, weight loss, and/or severe nausea from HIV/AIDS infection;
- Severe pain from severe forms of arthritis; or
- Seizures from epilepsy.
Applicants must provide a declaration from a medical practitioner to support their application.
This category is for applicants who have debilitating symptom(s) of medical condition(s), other than those described in Category 1.
Under Category 2, persons with debilitating symptoms can apply to obtain an Authorization to Possess dried marijuana for medical purposes, if a specialist confirms the diagnosis and that conventional treatments have failed or judged inappropriate to relieve symptoms of the medical condition. While an assessment of the applicant's case by a specialist is required, the treating physician, whether or not a specialist, can sign the medical declaration.