Registering to produce cannabis for your own medical purposes

Learn how to access cannabis for your own medical purposes by registering under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).

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Meet with your health care practitioner

Meet with your health care practitioner to discuss whether you should use cannabis to treat your symptoms.

Your health care practitioner may provide you with a medical document if they determine that a limited amount of cannabis should be used to treat your symptoms.

Register to produce cannabis for your own medical purposes

Complete and send your registration application form and the original of your medical document to Health Canada if you:

  • wish to produce a limited amount of cannabis for your own medical purposes
  • want to designate a person to produce a limited amount of cannabis for your own medical purposes

Production for your own medical purposes

You must meet the requirements of the ACMPR to produce cannabis for your own medical purposes. The requirements state that you must:

  • ordinarily live in Canada
  • be 18 years of age or older
  • attest that you have not been convicted of a marijuana related offense
  • not be registered more than once at any time

If you are authorized to produce cannabis for yourself, you may also be authorized to produce for one other person if you are their designated person.

You may wish to consult the application guidance document for more details.

You must mail in:

  • the original medical document from your health care practitioner
  • the completed registration application form
  • a signed and dated declaration from the person who owns the site where you intend to produce consenting to the production if:
    • you do not own the site, and
    • it is not your ordinary place of residence

Mail this package to:

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

If this information is not complete, we cannot process your application and will send the information back to you.

Production by a person you have designated

If you want another person to produce cannabis for you, you may designate a person to do so.

The person you designate to produce cannabis for your medical purposes must meet certain requirements, including:

  • ordinarily live in Canada
  • be 18 years of age or older

This person can be authorized to produce marijuana plants under no more than 2 registrations in total, which means that they could:

  • be authorized to produce cannabis for him or herself and you if they are the person you have designated
  • be authorized to produce cannabis for 2 people, other than him or herself, as their person they have designated

This list of requirements is not complete. You may wish to consult the application guidance document for more details.

You must submit both:

  • the registration application form as you would to produce cannabis for your own medical purposes
  • a declaration from the person you have designated to produce cannabis on your behalf

The person you have designated will need to provide, among other things:

  • their personal information, including their:
    • name
    • address
    • date of birth
  • their signature and date on the declaration
  • a document issued by a Canadian police force showing that, within the 10 years before the application, they have not:

You may also need to provide a signed and dated declaration from the person who owns the site where the person you have designated intends to produce. The declaration should state that they consent to the production. This is necessary for a site that:

  • you do not own and is not your place of ordinary residence
  • your designated person does not own and is not their place of ordinary residence

Registration certificate

Health Canada will send you a registration certificate if:

  • your registration:
    • application is complete
    • meets the requirements of the regulations
  • there are no grounds for refusal

This certificate will be your proof that you can legally produce a limited amount of cannabis for medical purposes. If you have a designated person and are issued a registration certificate, we will mail this person their own confirmation document.

The certificate will include the daily quantity of dried marijuana your health care practitioner authorized. It will also, based on the formulas found in the ACMPR, tell you:

  • how many marijuana plants you can produce
  • how much dried marijuana or its equivalent you can store

You or the person you have designated may only begin to produce cannabis once you receive a registration certificate from Health Canada.

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