Although the name “ACMPR” did not officially come about until 2014, Canada’s medical marijuana program has been around for decades. Citizens have been growing their own medical-grade marijuana plants with legal licenses since the early 2000s. And before that, there were of course still medical growers flying under the radar.
But now with legal recreational cannabis laws in place, there is a lot of question about what is to come of the ACMPR and its regulations for medical marijuana users. Many people are wondering whether or not the ACMPR will still be around in the years to come since it’s now possible to purchase weed with no license and no medical prescription at all.
A Brief History of the ACMPR
The medical licensure program started off in 2001 when the Canadian government officially legalized medical marijuana for the first time in history. At that time, the laws were referred to as the MMAR, or Medical Marijuana Access Regulations. These laws allowed Canadians to grow medical marijuana from home with a license to grow.
The MMAR was in full effect until 2014 but then switched to the MMPR (Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations). The MMPR banned medical growing but still allowed access to medical marijuana for patients. At this time, Canadians were required to purchase their medical marijuana from licensed producers, but they could no longer grow their own plants at home.
As anyone could expect, the MMPR didn’t last long. Canadians pushed for the laws to change and to have their old rights to home-growing once again. After just two years, this is exactly what happened with the passing of the ACMPR. The ACMPR reinstated the medical grow laws, once again allowing Canadians with the proper license – and ACMPR license – to grow an allotted number of plants from home.
How the ACMPR Works
Receiving an ACMPR license is actually fairly simple. All that a Canadian has to do in order to receive a personal-use production license of medical cannabis is to receive a medical document from a licensed professional, fill out an application, and wait for approval from the government.
The main challenge involved in this process is receiving a prescription for medical marijuana. Not all doctors are willing to write prescriptions for medical marijuana, but this is quickly changing. More and more doctors and nurse practitioners are realizing that medical marijuana really can help with a wide range of medical conditions, including chronic pain, anxiety, and epilepsy.
The Expected Future of the ACMPR
Now that anyone over the age of 19 can legally purchase recreational cannabis in Canada, there is a lot of debate about what will happen to the government’s medical marijuana program.
But the thing you need to realize is that medical cannabis use is much different from recreational use, so the ACMPR is not expected to go anywhere for the time being. Plus, recreational cannabis users are only allowed to grow up to 4 plants in some provinces, while medical growers can grow upwards of 500 plants depending on their license size.