Get answers to frequently asked questions about Canada’s licensed producer system.

A licensed producer is a company licensed by Health Canada to grow, process, sell for medical purposes, test, and/or research cannabis. Read More
Cannabis edibles, Extracts, and Topicals will be legal in Canada "no later than October 17, 2019" according to Health Canada. Read More
Becoming a Licensed Producer of cannabis for medical or adult use is a rigorous process including several steps to ensure a safe, secure product. These include security checks of directors/owners, inspections, and other steps. Read More
After Canada legalized cannabis for adult recreational use on October 17, 2019, Health Canada expanded its Licensed Producer system to ensure public safety and to reduce the black market. As part of its restructuring, Health Canada created a new class system of licences: Cultivation (growing cannabis) Processing (making cannabis products) Selling cannabis for medical purposes Testing cannabis Research using cannabis Cultivation and Processing also have sub-classes of licences, most notably the "micro" licences. This is to encourage smaller operations to grow and process cannabis, essentially ensuring a "craft cannabis growers" industry. Read More
When it comes to creating a whole new industry – especially an industry that produces a product for human consumption – it all comes down to trust. Canada is developing what will be the Gold Standard in the world for cannabis licensing, production, and sales. Licensed Producers do have to go through a rigorous process – but for good reason. Read More
According to Health Canada: "Health Canada has established a national cannabis tracking system, referred to as the Cannabis Tracking and Licensing System (CTLS), to enable the tracking of high-level movements of cannabis and to help prevent diversion from and inversion into the regulated supply chain." Read More
The Health Canada Licensed Producer system, which evolved to become the framework of the Cannabis Act of 2018, is perhaps the strictest regulation system for cannabis producers in the world. This system reduces the illegal market, helps keep cannabis out of the hands of minors, and ensure a high-quality product while reducing the risk of contaminants. Read More
Yes, though changes will likely dramatically slow down the application process. Read More
Cannabis was legalized for adult use on October 17, 2018. Read More
From its first banning in 1923, the history of legalized cannabis in Canada is a long and winding road. Legalization began in the court system when the Supreme Court of Canada found it was unconstitutional to restrict cannabis for medical use. A series of steps led to legalization for personal use in 2018. Read More
The Canadian Cannabis Act of 2018 is a historic piece of legislation that, among other things, allows Licensed Producers in Canada to cultivate and process cannabis for recreational use instead of for medical use only. The act also defines new sub-classes including micro-cultivation and micro-processing, essentially opening the doors to legalized craft cannabis growers. Despite the limitations in terms of marketing and direct-to-consumer sales, craft cannabis operators do have an opportunity to produce a quality product at a price point consumers will accept. Read More