There are several different avenues that you can take if you want to legally purchase medical marijuana in Vancouver and all of Canada. You can obtain permission on a federal level, you can gain permission on a local (city) level, and you can also purchase from dispensaries that are not currently asking for medical documentation. This last one is a bit of a grey area, but the dispensaries operating in Vancouver that are abiding by this practice are not being stopped from doing so, by the authorities or any other agency. There are also several online dispensaries that do not ask for medical documentation and we will point you towards those businesses as well.
Obtain Federal Permission to Purchase Medical Marijuana
To be eligible to purchase medical marijuana on a federal level (simply meaning that all of your purchases are sanctioned by the federal government), you must visit your physician and follow the guidelines set forth by the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (or ACMPR for short). Basically you need to visit your doctor and tell them that this is what you would like to do. Your doctor then submits a form to the federal government on your behalf that includes your pertinent information as well as the number of grams of marijuana your doctor is allowing you to have on a weekly basis.
Once this submission has been approved, you will receive a medical document giving you authorization to purchase marijuana from a “licensed producer”. The federal government has a list of producers that it has granted growing licenses to and you must purchase from one of the growers on that list. Any marijuana that you get from the licensed producer is shipped to you (under another set of strenuous regulations, non of which you really need to concern yourself with) and the medical marijuana is all yours!!
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Now, if that all sounded fairly complicated, never fear. All you really need to do is go to your doctor and tell them that you want medical marijuana for your condition (whatever that may be) and that you want to go the federal route. They have all the paper work and do this kind of thing quite often. If your doctor happens to be one of those physicians that isn’t on board with medical marijuana, you can ask them to sign a release form or visit a walk in clinic for an alternative assessment. For the official information please visit the Government of Canada website.
Obtain Local Permission to Purchase Medical Marijuana
This option is a lot less involved and if you live in the Vancouver area it’s a much more common approach. Rather than having your doctor go through the federal loop holes, all you need is a statement of diagnosis or a note from them saying that you require medical marijuana. Bring either of those into a local dispensary and they can get you started. Another common approach is to visit a dispensary that has a health care professional on site. About 1/3 of the dispensaries offer this service for free (or sometimes for a small fee) and if the practitioner thinks that medical marijuana is a good treatment option for you then the dispensary will set you up with a membership.
The best thing about getting a membership in this fashion is that they are usually honoured at other dispensaries (at least for a limited number of visits). So just because you get a membership from one dispensary, it doesn’t mean that you’re locked to that dispensary for life. If you already have a membership at one, you can apply for a membership at another, usually without going through the medical loopholes once again.
Buy from a No-Proof-Necessary Dispensary
With federal legalization looming and local governments in cities like Vancouver deciding that marijuana is in the future and that there is no point in criminalizing it, there are quite a few dispensaries that offer marijuana to adults 19 and over without proof of medical need. If you are interested in one of these dispensaries, we suggest you check out our Vancouver Marijuana Delivery Services List. The first three options on that list are online dispensaries that only require age verification.