Under the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR), an individual can only apply for an authorization to possess dried marihuana for medical purposes if she/he resides in Canada and submits a medical declaration made by a licensed medical practitioner treating the individual.
Before you apply to the Marihuana Medical Access Program, you and your medical practitioner must both be willing to declare that conventional treatment(s) for the Category 1 or 2 symptoms described below have been tried or considered, and have been found to be ineffective or medically inappropriate for the treatment of your health condition.
New: The requirements to access marihuana for medical purposes under the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations differ. Find more information on accessing marihuana for medical purposes from a licensed producer under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations.
Your Symptoms and Conditions
To be authorized to possess marihuana for medical purposes under the Marihuana Medical Access Program, your symptoms and conditions must fall within either Category 1 OR Category 2 symptoms, as determined by your licensed medical practitioner (medical doctor):
Category 1 Symptoms
- Any symptom treated within the context of compassionate end-of-life care,OR
- Symptoms related to specific medical conditions, namely:
- Severe pain and/or persistent muscle spasms from multiple sclerosis
- Severe pain and/or persistent muscle spasms from a spinal cord injury
- Severe pain and/or persistent muscle spasms from a spinal cord disease
- Severe pain, cachexia, anorexia, weight loss, and/or severe nausea from cancer
- Severe pain, cachexia, anorexia, weight loss, and/or severe nausea from HIV/AIDS infection
- Severe pain from severe forms of arthritis
- Seizures from epilepsy
Category 2 Symptoms
- A debilitating symptom that is associated with a medical condition or with the medical treatment of that condition, other than those described in Category 1.