Summary of Application requirements for cannabis cultivation, processing and medical sales licences

Related acts and regulations

From Health Canada


You must get a licence from Health Canada in order to:

  • grow cannabis for sale (on a large or small scale, or for starting materials (e.g., seeds and plants)
  • make cannabis products (on a large or small scale)
  • sell cannabis for medical purposes
  • do testing of cannabis
  • do research with cannabis

Who this guide is for

Anyone who wants to apply for a cultivation, processing or sale for medical purposes licence under the Cannabis Regulations.

Applicants interested in research or analytical testing can refer to the:

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Details and history

Published: June 27, 2018
Updated: June 24, 2021

For assistance

For specific questions related to an applicant's individual licence application:

Note: The email must clearly indicate the application file number, applicant name and subject of the correspondence in the subject line of the email. Meeting or teleconference requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

For general questions about the Cannabis Act and its Regulations outside of a specific application, including those related to the Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS):

Alternatively, you may contact the Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch by phone at:

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