Canadian Patients Want To Know… “How To Get Weed”
With all of the buzz of licensed producers going IPO, and municipalities all over the country debating the benefits and presence of licensed grow ops in their cities, medical marijuana is gaining plenty of main stream exposure. This has led to an exploding number of Canadian patients scratching their heads wanting to know… “How To Get Weed”. As published by the Health Canada website the process consists of 4 steps as follows.
Step 1: Consult with a Doctor
Treatment decisions are best made in consultation with your healthcare practitioner. So the first step in solving the mystery of “how to get weed” is to talk to your doctor about your condition.
Under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), an authorized healthcare practitioner includes physicians in all provinces and territories, and nurse practitioners in provinces and territories where supporting dried marijuana for medical purposes is permitted under their scope of practice.
Step 2: Obtain a Prescription completed by a Doctor
You will need to obtain a prescription/medical document from your doctor or healthcare practitioner.
The following information must be included on the prescription signed and dated by the doctor :
- your full name;
- your date of birth;
- address where you consulted with the practitioner;
- daily grams of dried marijuana you are authorized to use, the period of use (i.e. number of days, weeks or months), which cannot exceed one year from the date the medical document is signed by the healthcare practitioner;
- the healthcare practitioner’s name and, administrative information (profession, licence number, province of licence, business address, phone number, fax number and email address, if applicable); and
- an attestation by the healthcare practitioner that the information contained in the document is correct and complete. Healthcare practitioners can complete Health Canada’s sample medical document or provide the required information in the format of their choice.
Step 3: Register and Order with a Licensed Producer (LP)
Once you have obtained a prescription from a doctor, you can register as a client with the licensed producer of your choice. To register, you will need to submit certain information, including the original prescription. Contact the licensed producer directly for further information regarding their specific application requirements.
After registering as a client, you will be able to order dried marijuana from the licensed producer.
DO NOT SEND YOUR MEDICAL DOCUMENT TO HEALTH CANADA
Step 4: Delivery of your Marijuana for Medical Purposes
Your dried marijuana will be sent to you directly by the licensed producer. The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations do not allow for store-front or retail distribution centres.
If you are having difficulty finding a doctor who is willing to prescribe marijuana, or if you are not comfortable seeing a doctor in person you can access a marijuana friendly doctor from the comfort of your own home by becoming a patient of Green Doctor Network and seeing one of our doctors via telemedicine over Skype. You can start the application process by finding out if you qualify online here.