The current Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) will be repealed on March 31, 2014. As of April 1, 2014 the newMarihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) come into force.

Under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, interested parties must apply to Health Canada to become a licensed producer. Licensed producers can be authorized to possess, sell/provide, ship, deliver, transport, destroy, produce, export and/or import marihuana for medical purposes under the MMPR.

The MMPR will authorize three key activities: the possession of dried marihuana for medical purposes by individuals who have the support of an authorized health care practitioner; the production of dried marihuana by licensed producers; and the sale and distribution of dried marihuana by licensed producers and hospitals to individuals who can possess it.

Licensed producers will be subject to regulatory requirements related to security; good production practices (GPP); packaging, labelling and shipping; record keeping and reporting; and distribution. Prior to the issuance of a licensed producer license the site will be subject to Health Canada inspections.

DSA can prepare your application to become a licensed producer under the MMPR and provide guidance on how to meet the security, record keeping, prepare the Quality Assurance Report (QAR), and GPP requirements, including the preparation of theStandard Operating Procedures (SOPs) required under the GPP requirements. Contact us to find out more about our Regulatory and Quality Compliance Consulting Services.