Applying to Become a Licensed Producer of Cannabis for Medical Purposes
All applications to become a licensed producer of cannabis for medical purposes undergo a strict and thorough review as outlined below.
All aspects of an application are subject to ongoing review based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to receipt of updated information, new developments, the result of subsequent reviews of the application, etc. Applicants should not assume the adequacy of any part of their application based on their stage in the application process.
Please note that you must submit a completed Security Clearance Application Form and Security Clearance Fingerprint Third Party Consent to Release Personal Information Form with your completed Application.
Effective May 25, 2017, the application process for becoming a licensed producer of cannabis for medical purposes is as follows:
Note: An applicant may be sent back to the Intake and Initial Screening stage if new information affecting the application is received by Health Canada at the Detailed Review and Security Clearance stage. An application can be refused at any stage in the process, before a licence is issued.
As of May 25, 2017
- 1665 applications received
- 265 have been refused
- 428 applications are in progress
- 69 have been withdrawn
- 858 were incomplete and have been returned
Licences are only issued once it has been determined that all information submitted demonstrates compliance with the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) and the facility has been built. Each application undergoes a detailed assessment and review, including in-depth security checks undertaken by the RCMP.
Health Canada conducts compliance and monitoring activities of regulated parties to ensure compliance with the various regulations to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). These activities include education, complaint investigations and inspecting licensed sites, or sites applying to be licensed to conduct regulated activities.