Canadians who live in Saskatchewan have been able to acquire medicinal marijuana ever since the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) act was put into place in 1999.
Since then, numerous revisions to the act have taken place, including a complete name change to the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). It was of course also legalized in October of 2018 for recreational purposes all across Canada as well.
In spite of the fact that it’s never been easier to legally purchase marijuana, it’s still important for residents of Saskatchewan to be fully aware of all of the possible benefits, risks, and side effects associated with marijuana consumption.
If you’re not sure how to go about getting a prescription for medicinal marijuana, we’re here to help. We’ll cover exactly what you need to do from A to Z, while also going over a few important things that you should be aware of to keep yourself safe.
Acquiring a License for Medicinal Marijuana in Saskatchewan
The first step that anyone looking to legally purchase medicinal marijuana in Saskatchewan must take is to book an appointment with your primary licensed health care practitioner. This should be the physician who has been primarily responsible for managing your condition and associated symptoms. This could be either your family doctor or a doctor at a walk-in clinic that you frequent.
Scheduling this appointment is not a guarantee that you’ll receive a prescription. If your physician agrees that medicinal marijuana could be a beneficial part of your treatment program, they may agree to fill out the required documentation. Alternatively, they may decide on another treatment plan altogether. In general though, you shouldn’t face too much trouble getting your prescription.
If your primary physician does decide to sign off on a prescription, you will first be required to sign a treatment agreement which will cover your medical and legal responsibilities when it comes to using medicinal marijuana. With that out of the way, your physician will then fill out the required medical documentation that you will need in order to purchase your medicine.
Once you have acquired your medical documentation, there are three ways in which you can purchase medicinal marijuana.
- The first method involves submitting your medical paperwork directly to a licensed commercial provider. They will open a file for you and ask you to fill out a registration application form. Once you’ve done so, you’ll be awarded a registration certificate which will be your legal proof of registration as a medical marijuana patient. You can then purchase marijuana directly from this provider
- The second method to obtain medicinal marijuana is to register with Health Canada in order to be able to produce limited quantities of your own marijuana plants. This is usually restricted to four cannabis plants per household, regardless of the amount of people living in the house
- If you’d rather not grow your own marijuana, the third option is to instead register with Health Canada and designate someone else to be responsible for producing your cannabis for you
Whichever of the three options above you choose, you will also have to provide a medical document that specifies the prescribed daily quantities when you send in your application.
Important Warnings About Your Medicinal Marijuana Prescription
Even after you’re fully licensed to purchase medicinal marijuana, there are a few important warnings that you should always keep in mind.
The first thing is that even though your marijuana is technically considered your medication, it remains illegal to drive in Saskatchewan while impaired by alcohol or cannabis. You could potentially lose your license, have to pay a fine, or even end up with some jail time if you’re caught driving under the influence. There’s also a zero tolerance policy for any amount of cannabis in your system for underage drivers.
As far as traveling with your medication goes, you won’t have any problems going anywhere within Canada. You can even fly domestically with your cannabis without issue. However, should you attempt to travel internationally with your medicine, you could run into some serious problems.
It’s 100% illegal to leave Canada with marijuana that has been purchased here while traveling to ANY other country. It doesn’t matter if your destination is also a country with legal cannabis laws.
Some countries take this very seriously. For example, Singapore is one country that still has very strict laws regarding entering their country with drugs, with penalties including everything from fines all the way on up to the death penalty.