Canada’s Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations: a synopsis for health professionals

Daniel Ziemianski, Mark A. Ware


Cannabis for therapeutic purposes (medical marijuana) is a complex reality in many parts of the world. Laws and regulations surrounding cannabis for therapeutic purposes around the world are evolving. The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) define roles and responsibilities pertaining to cannabis for therapeutic purposes in Canada. These regulations are lengthy and technical but include information important to health professionals. This article presents a synopsis of elements within the regulations that are important for health professionals. The purpose of this paper is to assist health professionals to understand the structure and impact of these regulations. With a greater understanding of how cannabis for therapeutic purposes is regulated, health professionals will be capable of engaging in more informed discussions with patients and colleagues, and will be better equipped to navigate the new landscape of legal access.

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Journal of Hospital Administration

ISSN 1927-6990(Print)   ISSN 1927-7008(Online)

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