In Canada the regulation that allow the procurement of marijuana for medicinal purposes was established in July 2001 and only two categories of patients are eligible for it. It is legal for patients who are certified and approved by Health Canada to grow their own cannabis for personal medicinal consumption provided it is purely and solely for that and not for commercial purposes. It is not difficult to obtain licenses to produce and grow medicinal marijuana. This is however done only by an approved and certified patient.
Chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, counselors, or any other type of therapists who treat patients with alternative therapy or treatments are not considered eligible specialists to diagnose for the MMAR program under Health Canada’s application guidelines. They are not permitted to apply for a license to obtain medicinal marijuana. In Canada there are different forms medical of cannabis; the first one is an extract called Sativex which contains THC and cannabidol in a spray form. The second form is a synthetic or manmade THC called Dronabinol which is marketed as Marinol. The third form of medicinal marijuana which is available is a synthetic version of THC called Nabilone which is also called Cesamet on the markets.