How did the Licensed Producer system in Canada come about?
In Canada, cannabis was listed in Schedule II of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of 1996.* However, there was more and more evidence available to indicate that cannabis products could be a very effective treatment for certain medical conditions.
The Government of Canada introduced the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) in 2001 to legalize cannabis for medical use. That law was replaced with the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) in June 2013, and then the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) in August 2016. It was repealed on October 17, 2018 when cannabis was legalized for adult use.
However, these regulations set out the framework for today’s Licensed Producer system, which ensured the safe and secure production of cannabis for therapeutic and recreational use.
*Cannabis was legalized for adult us on October 17, 2018.