The Government of Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) establish the legal framework that enables patients to obtain authorization to possess marijuana for medical purposes.
Under these regulations, physicians have primary responsibility for the decision to authorize patient use of marijuana for medical purposes. Physicians enable patients to access a legal supply of marijuana by completing a medical document that functions like a conventional prescription.
While conclusive evidence regarding the safety and effectiveness of marijuana as a medical treatment is limited, many patients, physicians, and researchers have voiced support for the cautious and compassionate use of marijuana, particularly where other therapeutic options have been exhausted and failed to alleviate the patient’s symptoms. Furthermore, court rulings have required reasonable access to a legal source of marijuana for medical purposes when authorized by a physician.
In keeping with the College’s mandate to serve and protect the public, this policy sets out expectations for physicians relating to the prescribing of marijuana for medical purposes.
These expectations are grounded in the principles of medical professionalism set out in the Practice Guide, and take into account the best available evidence regarding the medical use of marijuana.