The Grey Market Adds Legitimacy To Licensed Producers

March 6, 2017

A significant percentage of patients (42%) reported accessing cannabis from illegal/unregulated sources in addition to access via LPs, and over half (55%) were charged to receive a medical recommendation to use cannabis, with nearly 25% paying $300 or more.

International Journal of Drug Policy

We hear how well Licensed Producers (LP’s) are doing in the legal medical cannabis market, how stocks are going up, the market is expanding, and everything is rosy and fine. But there are many problems with the legal market that are being masked by the entrenched grey market. The proof is summarized in a paper entitled, “Medical Cannabis Access, Use, And Substitution For Prescription Opioids And Other Substances: A Survey Of Authorized Medical Cannabis Patients,” published recently in the International Journal of Drug Policy. (1)
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ACMPR – How To Become A Legal Medical Cannabis Patient

Here is information about the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR)

For individuals seeking information about the new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, contact Health Canada. Call toll-free at 1-866-337-7705 or email

To access medical cannabis, or grow your own (or designate someone to grow for you), follow these steps:

1. Download this form and take it to your doctor to fill out Medical Document for the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations , or they may have their own form, OR Choose to register with the Licensed Producer and register with them. Download their form, and have the doctor sign and upload to the LP’s site, or whatever instructions are provided.

If your doctor refuses to sign the form, there are dedicated cannabis clinics that have doctors that will sign. See: Medical Marijuana Doctors and Clinics in Canada

2. Your physician must send your medical forms to the Licensed Producer. The medical document can be submitted from the health care practitioner’s office to the licensed producer by secure fax.

3. Once your forms have been received by the Licensed Producer, you may order your product. It will be mailed to your home, (signature required), normally within 24-36 hours, depending on location and Producer.

4. If you wish to grow your own medicine, once you have been approved by a Licensed Producer, download this form from the Health Canada website and send it in to Health Canada. There is information about production here

Legal patients may grow their own plants or designate someone to grow for them. The formula is 1 gram/day = 5 plants (indoors) or 2 plants (outdoors). If your prescription is for 3 grams/day, it would translate to 15 plants (indoors) or 6 plants (outdoors). SEE PLANT CALCULATOR

Health Canada
Registration Process
Address Locator: 0302B Ottawa, ON
K1A 0K9

Once approved by Health Canada, you will be expected to procure your plants or seeds from a Licensed Producer.