Physician: Authorized in Province and Territories where supporting access to marihuana for medical purposes is included under their scope of practice or in legislation.The physician must be a member in good standing with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and must hold a valid license from the licensing authority in the province/territory they work in and hold a valid narcotics class 1 license.
Nurse Practitioner: Authorized in Province and Territories where supporting access to marihuana for medical purposes is included under their scope of practice or in legislation.
It is to your benefit to have your family doctor support your right to choose alternative medical treatments. Should your doctor decide not to support your right to choose alternative medical treatments, this will not adversely affect you finding another doctor that will support your choice.
After an informed conversation, your family doctor may consent to prescribing the medical marijuana necessary for your treatment and/or she/he may be willing to support your application and help monitor your treatment.
• Provide some examples of valid research (see our list) and patients’ testimonies that speak to your specific medical condition.
• Make a list of medicines and therapies you have tried for these symptoms, and identify the ones that were effective and the ones that were not effective treatments.
• If you are currently using Cannabis, as an alternative treatment, explain how this alternative treatment is effective in alleviating the symptoms of your medical condition.
• Download our Patient Information Package to educate yourself if you have never used Cannabis as an alternative treatment.
• Many doctors are not informed on the vast amount of research available for Medical Marijuana Treatments. Download our Info Package to use the research information to help inform your doctor and further support your right to choose Medical Marijuana as an alternative treatment.
• Inform your doctor if you are smoking it, eating it, or using it in some other form.
• Explain to your doctor how many grams per day you use and how often you are using Cannabis.
• Consider signing the Release Form For a Medical Practitioner from the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA). The CMPA is the medical professional’s insurer and signing this form may alleviate most of your doctor’s concerns about liability. Download Release Form For a Medical Practitioner
• If your Doctor is willing to prescribe you Marijuana for Medical purposes she/he is required to complete and sign a Medical Document (prescription) authorizing you to do so. Download Medical Document Now