Have Any Questions?
Please check out our “FAQ” section. If you still need further help our guidance please contact us at your earliest convenience.
Why do I need a medical cannabis license if cannabis is now legal in Canada?
There are many benefits to being a medical cannabis patient:
-Cannabis purchased from Licensed Producers is tax deductible
-Many Licensed Producers are covering the Excise tax
-Extended Medical coverage – check with your insurance provider
-Personal Production – you can grow more than 4 plants
-Travel & Possess up to 150g
How do I set up an appointment with MCRCI?
Click Apply Now at the top right hand side of our website and fill out the Patient
Application Form. You will receive an email within 24-48 hours with information on
how to proceed. The first step is to gather your medical reports regarding the
symptom(s)/ailment(s) you are using/want to use cannabis to treat. If you have
questions on how this can be done, you can speak with one of our patient care
representatives, please call 1-855- 537-6272.
Do I need to be referred to MCRCI by another physician?
Referrals are required. If you are unable to obtain a referral please contact us.
Is there an age limit to be seen by our affiliated doctors?
MCRCI does not have a minimum age requirement for our patients. Patients under 18 years of age will require parental consent and a different appointment protocol. Please give us a call if you would like more information.
Is there an expiry date on the ACMPR authorization to possess marijuana?
ACMPR authorizations can be valid for a maximum of twelve months (1 year) from the date they are issued. MCRCI will contact patients 1 month prior to their expiration date and book an appointment for renewal. If you are registered with Health Canada and have a personal production license, it is a good idea to contact MCRCI and schedule your renewal appointment 6-8 weeks prior to your expiry.
What amount of marijuana will the doctor authorize for me?
The dosage is determined by the physician. During your consultation with the doctor,
they will decide what is the best dosage for your treatment. In some cases, even if
you qualify under Health Canada’s guidelines, our affiliated doctors have the right to
use their discretion and may choose not to sign the ACMPR Medical Document.
See the following link for more details
https://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp- mps/marihuana/med/daily-quotidienne- eng.php
What if I need to make any changes to my current license?
MCRCI’s staff can assist in ACMPR changes. Please contact us with your requests for
changes to your license. We may schedule a follow up with your MCRCI physician if necessary.
How long will it take for me to place my first order with a Licensed Producer?
MCRCI has relationships with certain licensed producers that may be able to provide verification within 24 hours, generally most Licensed Producers may take up to 3-10 business days. When contacting MCRCI please let us know if you would prefer to sign up with a producer that is offering fast verification.
How long does it take to be approved by Health Canada for my production license?
Current processing times for application submitted to Health Canada can take up to 5 months. You can contact Health Canada if you have any questions regarding the status of your application: 1-866-337-7705
What is the ACMPR?
The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) is a federal program Health Canada has created to allow patients safe access to medicinal cannabis. There are about 35+ different Licensed Producers across Canada which are companies qualified by Health Canada to produce and provide medical cannabis, they each require a “Medical Document” signed by a Medical Doctor (MD) to register a patient. A patient would then be able to purchase their cannabis through mail order from one of these licensed producers (LP). Under the ACMPR you are also able to produce your own cannabis or designate someone to produce cannabis on your behalf. If you are unable to find a supportive physician MCRCI may be able to provide access.
What was the MMAR?
What conditions can marijuana be prescribed for?
The ACMPR allows medical marijuana to be recommended as a treatment for any condition, there are no official guidelines on its use for specific conditions. Under the old program, conditions were split into categories and patients with certain conditions were required to obtain support from multiple doctors.
How do I register with a Licensed Producer?
After obtaining a medical document, patients can register with a Licensed Producer of their choice. The registration process is different for each Licensed Producer, but typically involves submitting a registration form and validating the medical document. MCRCI’s aftercare team can submit and verify your medical document within 24 hours of your appointment with our doctor.
Can I sign up with more than one Licensed Producer?
Yes, patients are permitted to register with more than one Licensed Producer, but a separate medical document must be submitted for each, meaning that a doctor will issue multiple medical documents and split the daily amount of marijuana between them.
How do I become a Licensed Producer?
Becoming a Licensed Producer involves applying through Health Canada. It is an expensive and time-consuming process, since the rules for growing and selling medical marijuana are strict and require a sizeable investment. Health Canada predicts the ACMPR will generate roughly $1.3 billion in yearly sales by 2024. Likewise, the industry has already become very competitive. Since last summer, Health Canada has received over 600 applications from hopeful Licensed Producers.
If my doctor is willing to fill out a Referral Form, why do I need to see a doctor at MCRCI?
A referral completed by your doctor allows you to see a physician at MCRCI to obtain
authorization under the ACMPR. MCRCI’s physicians have experience and knowledge
in cannabis as a medicine. The staff at MCRCI specialize in cannabis education and
have extensive knowledge in Health Canada’s federal program (ACMPR) and is
available Monday-Friday to assist with any patient needs.