Health Canada Streamlines Medical Cannabis Regulation


Canadian cannabis regulators have just made it easier to obtain a medical marijuana license by streamlining the process. Their goal is to increase medical marijuana production and give a boost the industry as recreational legalization approaches. Health Canada is taking a progressive approach to medicinal cannabis, fundamentally increasing access to medicine for patients across the country. Here are some highlights of the revised regulations.


Increase In Resources To Process Applications

One of the biggest bottlenecks in the licensing process is during the application phase. According to Health Canada, they currently have a backlog of 187 applicants waiting to find out if they have been approved. This means long waits for people trying to break into an exploding market. The new allocation of resources means a streamlining of the application process and some relief for business owners waiting for the phone to ring.


Increase In Growing Capacity

In an effort to expand facilities already up and running, cannabis producers will be able to re-organize their grow, and expand to reach the maximum capacity the space can handle. Growers tied down by plant limits will now be able to use the extra space formerly left empty to add plants to capacity. Leaves, stems and all green waste used to have to be locked up in a secure area. That rule was just scrapped, which opens up these high security areas for additional finished product storage.


Longer Licensing Periods

Companies that have been operating under good standing or new businesses who pass inspection can now have their license issued for three years. This cuts down on bureaucracy and reduces time, effort and ultimately money. Security clearance for upper level personnel has also been extended to five years.


Streamlining of Approval Process

For companies that already have a good track record with the regulatory board, new facilities or expansions to existing ones no longer require a physical inspection. Existing businesses in good standing can move forward with plans to grow with the approval of a simple application. Physical inspections will not be required until before the facility is set to open.


Canadian cannabis regulators have seemingly embraced the growth of medical marijuana throughout the country. Health Canada is unknowingly setting a standard that the whole world will look to follow in the years to come. This step in simplifying medical cannabis regulation is yet another example of how Canada is preparing itself to lead the global cannabis market.

May 31, 2017

by Davie Dabbs aka Popeye

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Davie is a long time cannabis professional who has worked not only as a cultivator but in all aspects of retail cannabis. From budtender, to wholesale and retail management, and from harvester to advanced hydroponic specialist, Davie has been around the block more than once. Now residing in beautiful British Columbia, Davie now works with acres of greenhouses, producing some of the best buds in the country.


  • James Tripp

    How about addressing the issue of processing time for patients who are attempting to obtain a license to grow their own medicine!!!

    Many are waiting three sometimes even 4 months which is essentially destroying an entire growing season’s capability and makes them wait for an entire year before they can actually Implement their license

    • Mitchell

      Totally agree with James ☝️but at the end of the day, we can’t complain b/c Canada has made some massive moves as we approach legalization. Most people in this world can only wish for what we have right now and what is coming down the pipe for all Canadians – – Go Canada!! 👏👏

  • Cory Nickerson

    still not sure why people are still using slang Mexican terminology for this… the word you are looking for is “cannabis”!!!

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