Resurgence of Grow-Your-Own Movement and ACMPR

‘ACMPR’ is being increasingly mentioned in the Canadian cannabis world. It stands for ‘Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations’ and is the government legislation that guides all things medical cannabis in Canada; including growing medical plants in your home.

There has been a huge surge in the number of Canadians applying for their ACMPR license. According to Health Canada, the number of patients registered for “personal and designated cultivation of cannabis for their own medical purposes” increased 29% from 33,614 patients in June 2020 to 43,211 patients in September 2020­.

There are three options for growing with an ACMPR license: buying direct from a federally-licensed seller, registering with Health Canada to produce a limited amount of cannabis for your own medical purposes, and designating someone to produce it for you.

Patient Choice can help you start growing medical cannabis- we offer starting grow materials (i.e. seeds & clones of cannabis plants) on our online store. You must have your ACMPR production license for either personal use production or designated-person production.

Recently, Health Canada reports 24% growth in the number of clients registered with federally-licensed sellers for medical cannabis; from 303,221 registrations in June 2020 to 377,024 registrations in September 2020. It should be noted that the Government extended some expired licenses due to COVID-19, and this could be partially attributed to this number.

The main reason for this surge in applicants is the ever-increasing trusted published research which supports medical cannabis for treatment of a range of issues like cancer, chronic pain, inflammation, and sleep issues. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has recently made substantial investments toward research on cannabis and cannabinoids for medical purposes.                                              

The Canadian Government has made it quite simple and accessible to become a licensed ACMPR grower of medical cannabis. There are four clear requirements to gain your license:

  •   You must be 18+ years old
  •   You must regularly reside in Canada
  •   You must confirm you haven’t been convicted of a cannabis-related crime
  •   You must not already be registered

If you meet the requirements, you’re open to apply; but you must obtain a valid prescription for medical cannabis from a licensed Canadian Doctor or Nurse Practitioner. There are countless benefits for Canadians obtaining an ACMPR license. Canadians who have this license can potentially get their medical cannabis covered by private health insurance; an increasing amount of Canadian insurance companies are covering a wide range of medical cannabis in their plans. Another benefit for patients is that they can be assured of high-quality cannabis from licensed producers at competitive prices. Furthermore, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) allows medical cannabis purchased with a prescription as a passable medical expense on your tax return.

Patient Choice can help you to easily obtain your ACMPR license. We are partnered with O’Cannabis Clinic - Canada’s leading telemedicine clinic – whose welcoming team of healthcare practitioners can assist you in completing your application.

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Click here to book an appointment with them for the Grow License Application Services.

Grow Your Own

Health Canada is focused on making medical cannabis more accessible to Canadian patients who depend on it for treatment of their symptoms. In May 2017, they implemented numerous improvements designed to streamline the application process for ACMPR licenses, and they also enabled increased production of medical cannabis.

As noted, an increasing amount of Canadian insurance companies are covering a wider range of medical cannabis products. Additionally, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is helping its members to access medical cannabis; and Patient Choice is authorized to bill Veterans Affairs Canada directly via Medavie Blue Cross Healthcare

Canadian patients can look toward continued improved accessibility and continued choice in terms of growing their own medical cannabis, and/or designating someone to grow it for them.

And what’s more? As we noted earlier: after gaining your ACMPR license, you can purchase both plants and seeds from Patient Choice. All you need to do is upload your ACMPR license to your registration profile, and you’re set; we’ll then allow you to purchase your start-up growing materials.

Click here to shop our ‘Seeds and Clones’ selection (for ACMPR licensed medical patients).

We’re consistently onboarding new suppliers. We make it easy for new producers, processors, or nurseries to share their story and products with us; so that we can continue to expand our supply of high-quality medical cannabis products and accessories to our valued patients.

Are you a producer looking to sell your high-quality cannabis products to patients?

We would love to hear about your products. Please click here to get in touch with us.