Q: What is medical marijuana?
A: Generally, medical marijuana is marijuana produced for use by patients who need relief from pain, nausea, lack of appetite and other related symptoms caused by a variety of illnesses such as arthritis, cancer, AIDS, and many others.
Q: Do patients have to smoke marijuana to get relief?
A: No, it is not necessary for patients to smoke marijuana to get relief. Some patients choose to smoke their product while others use it orally by adding it to baking or using it to make tea. There are a number of ways to use the product without smoking.
Q: Is it possible to use medical marijuana without getting "high"?
A: Different strains of marijuana have different effects on the human body. There are strains of marijuana that are low in tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the compound in marijuana that's psychoactive and high in cannabidiol, or CBD, which has medicinal properties but no psychoactivity.
Q: How do patients gain access to medical marijuana?
A: Currently in Canada, patients gain access to medical marijuana in one of two ways. Under both methods the first step is to obtain a prescription from their doctor. Once a patient has their prescription, option one is to follow the regulations that existed up until June 7, 2013 by completing the various forms required by Health Canada to obtain a license to posess and in some cases produce marijuana. Once a patient's license has been approved, they can either produce their own marijuana if a production license has been approved or have a Designated Grower produce it for them. The regulations governing the use of medical marijuana were amended by Health Canada on June 7, 2013. As of October 1, 2013 patients can no longer register with Health Canada under the old system. Under the new system patients will order their medical marijuana directly from a Licensed Producer. The new system will run concurrently with the old system until March 31, 2014. As of April 1, 2014 patients will only be able to obtain their supply of medical marijuana through a Licensed Producer. * On March 21, 2014 a Federal Court Ruling was made ruling that users licensed for personal production or as a designated grower as of Sept. 30, 2013, will be able to keep growing their medical marijuana pending a future trial.
** On February 24, 2016 a Federal Court judge struck down federal regulations restricting the rights of medical marijuana patients to grow their own cannabis and gave the Liberal government six months to come up with new rules.
2017 has been a year of further growth and changes in regulation of medical and recreational marijuana. We continue to work with Health Canada to ensure that our facility and products are compliant.
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