Because patients have access to a wide variety of products, strengths, and formulations, and because patients have final say in what products they order and consume, specific recommendations can’t be made regarding workplace safety. Fitness for work should be assessed by a patient’s response to their regimen, and whether the effects of that regimen produce impairment in the individual, including slowed reaction times, altered decision-making, and/or drowsiness.
Is medical cannabis really legal? admin
Yes, it is! Since 2001 patients with a prescription have had access to medical cannabis. The current Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) Framework allows patients to legally access quality-assured medicine from Licensed Producers, or apply to grow their own.
What is a Licensed Producer? admin
This will vary from individual to individual. If inhaling cannabis, a vaporizer is recommended. Vaporizers heat cannabis to the point that the medical components and moisture evaporate, after which they can be inhaled.
Cannabis can also be taken orally. Some Licensed Producers sell their own infused oils, which will be lab-tested and have a consistent potency. If your producer doesn’t carry oils, or you’d like more flexibility with potencies and formulations, you can infuse your own cannabis in a fat – ideally butter, liquid coconut oil, or ghee.
You can use these fats to cook, or administer them sublingually (under the tongue).
How long should I expect to wait before I can order? admin
Licensed producers have variable processing times; it may take as long as two weeks before your application is processed. You may be able to receive updates on the status of your application from your licensed producer.
What if I don’t hear back? admin
Under current regulations, Licensed Producers may carry only dried cannabis flower or infused oils. Licensed producers are prohibited from carrying concentrates (shatter/wax/budder) or infused food items.
Will I get a card? admin
A patient ID card is provided by some licensed producers, but carrying it isn’t a requirement. It’s much more important to carry your prescription label, which contains identifying information and assures your legal right to possess cannabis.
Can I legally grow my own cannabis? admin
Our current medical cannabis framework, The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR), permits patients, or a designated caregiver, to grow their medicine at home or at another secure location with the approval of the property owner.
Cannabis Medical Centre will offer support and guidance to patients throughout the application process.
Are there affordability programs for low-income individuals? admin
Many Licensed Producers offer compassionate pricing programs to help cover the cost of your medicine. If you’re interested in learning more, please make a member of our patient care team aware at your appointment! You can also look through the FAQ sections of individual LP websites, and check out patient-centred forums (like Lift.co).
I’ve heard you can choose more than one Licensed Producer, is that true? admin
Yes, you can. You may choose one licensed producer at your first appointment, and if your needs aren’t met by a single licensed producer, you will have the option to split your prescription at your follow-up appointment.
Will there be follow-up appointments? admin
As mandated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons, regular follow-up visits will be necessary to maintain your prescription. We are obligated to cancel your prescription with your Licensed Producer if you do not attend.
Follow-up appointments are a good time to ask questions and discuss what worked, what didn’t, and any issues or side-effects you may have noticed with your medication. At this time you may also change your licensed producer or split your prescription.
What should I bring and not bring to my appoinment? admin
Please bring a piece of photo ID, your health care card and suppoting medical documentation (if applicable). You are welcome to bring a support family member or friend with you if needed, but please be mindful of limited space. Although we love animals too, please leave your pets at home. Service animals with supporting documentation are welcome.
How do I book an appointment? admin
Please bring a piece of photo ID, your provincial health/care card, and any necessary medical documentation to your first appointment. Please note that our office is scent-free to better serve those with sensitivities. Service animals are welcome with supporting documentation, but we unfortunately can’t allow pets on premises at this time.
You are welcome to bring a support family member or friend with you if this makes your visit more comfortable!
Can I use a third-party consultant service to get in faster? admin
The services Cannabis Medical Centre provides are free to all patients. Cannabis Medical Centre does not offer priority booking and is not affiliated with any third-party services. We make appointments solely through our booking service, and caution anyone seeking an appointment to avoid any third-party service or consultant altogether.
Do I need a doctor’s referral? admin
Every Licensed Producer offers a unique list of strengths and weaknesses. During your appointment, it’s encouraged to discuss your needs with your physician, who can offer some guidance on the strains and formulations offered by different licensed producers. After your appointment, a helpful hand at our Education Centre will be able to answer your questions about Licensed Producer pricing, processing times, consistency, and quality in depth.
Navigating this system can be tricky, which is why our trained team of Patient Care Specialists is there to help!
(Click here for a current list of the licensed producers in Canada.)
Can I travel with my medicine? admin
Yes, you can! Traveling within Canada with your medicine is totally legal – just make sure to keep your medicine in its original container, with your prescription label attached. If you are travelling by plane, be sure to keep your cannabis in your carry-on luggage.
Can I get a copy of my prescription? admin
The original prescription document has to be sent to the licensed producer. This has to be requested at the time of your appointment or later in person, and will require payment of a $50 administrative fee. This request can only be handled by a manager or person-in-charge.