Growing for your own medicinal needs under Health Canada’s ACMPR program can be very rewarding and give you piece of mind knowing full well what chemicals and pesticides went into it. However, it requires hard work and dedication and may cost more than you expect to get going but in the long run you will save a lot of money.
First things first, you’ll want to get an ACMPR personal use production licence. This means that you will be able to grow for yourself and potentially 3 other people as Health Canada allows up to 4 licences per address. You are not allowed to sell to the public and whatever is produced at that location can only go to the people that have their licences assigned to that grow.
Now that we have that understood….
You will need a Doctor to give you a prescription using the proper Health Canada form found here. Once signed, you will have to mail this document along with the ACMPR form found here which require you to specify where you plan to grow and you will also need the property owners consent if it is not your primary residence. We recommend always getting the property owners consent even if you don’t need it for this licence. You could technically get a licence to grow without their consent but they could always evict you and its just bad karma, just tell them.
Health Canada allows you to grow approximately 5 times the amount of grams you were prescribed per day in plants i.e. if you were prescribed 5 gram per day, you can grow 25 plants indoors. Many Doctors are not comfortable signing these prescriptions and if they do, they are extremely conservative and don’t understand that many people prefer to eat or juice rather than smoke and this require much more product. There are clinics that can guide you through the process and get you a plant allowance that is large enough for you to be self-sufficient and not risk going over your limits.
Once you mail out the prescription along with the ACMPR document you are not legally allowed to begin growing. While it is very common for people to start growing because they believe that the Doctor is basically the gatekeeper to the program while Health Canada is more administrative, you are not yet legal and could get in trouble with the law. You have to wait until Health Canada mails you your official licence and then and only then are you legally allowed to begin growing.
We strongly recommend starting out the right way and this will ensure you are 100% legal and can focus on the fun of growing for yourself.
If you’d like assistance to make sure you go through the process legally and the right way, please contact us about acquiring a licence and we’ll help you through the process every step of the way.
Start taking advantage of all the benefits you’ll receive from growing your own medicine. We’re looking forward to serving you.