Manitoba Marijuana Information
Medical marijuana has been legalized in Canada since 2000. In 2013, Canada passed a new law, titled the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, and it overrode the previous medical marijuana legislation. The law updated some of the rules regarding medical marijuana access. One of the most major shifts was that under the new legislation, medical marijuana patients were not allowed to grow their own marijuana. However, that clause in the law was overruled in February 2016 when a federal court judge ruled that it is a constitutional right for medical marijuana patients to be allowed to grow their own cannabis. Growing allows patients to control the strains and doses needed for their treatment. As of October 17th, 2018 Recreational Cannabis is now legal and shops are opening their doors!
One unique feature of Canada’s medical marijuana program is that patients must receive their medicine by courier. There are no legally operating storefronts for patients to go and pick their marijuana strains; instead, marijuana ordering is done online with strain recommendations from a patient’s healthcare provider. However, despite not being entirely legal, there are some medical marijuana dispensaries operating in a legal grey area. These retail storefronts are illegal due to their sourcing methods and because the federal law dictates marijuana is not permitted to be sold in a retail store.
Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau popularly proposed the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada as a part of his election platform and has been taking small steps towards legalization since he was elected. As of October 17th, 2018 Recreational Cannabis is now legal and shops are opening their doors!
If looking to consume while in Manitoba, it’s best to consume while in the privacy of your home. Although recreational marijuana is now legal, and it’s still illegal to consume marijuana while in public. Manitoba also has legislation that calls for a ban on vaporizing marijuana in most indoor spaces that it’s important to be aware of. If you do choose to consume outside of the home, remember to be very discrete and always use your common sense! Police do still arrest for marijuana consumption. Smoking in public is more common in urban centers, such as Winnipeg. If you do choose to consume in public, a discrete vape pen is your best option for staying under the radar!
For a directory of Canadian Medical Marijuana Producers, click here!
Is Marijuana legal in Manitoba?
Yes it is, ! Medical marijuana is legal in Canada with a qualifying medical condition and prescription from a licensed doctor. As of October 17th, 2018 Recreational Cannabis is now legal and shops are opening their doors!
How can I get marijuana?
Canada is unique in that medical marijuana must be obtained via mail, not by visiting a medical marijuana dispensary in person. If you are a Canadian resident with a qualifying medical condition (conditions listed in the question below), you can obtain medical marijuana. You must first meet with your healthcare practitioner who will complete a Medical Document. Then, choose a Licensed Commercial Producer and register your medical document to become a client. A list of authorized producers can be found here. After registering and receiving a prescription, will be able to order directly from your Licensed Commercial Producer. You can find a list of Licensed Commercial Producers here. There is currently one licensee in Manitoba.
As of October 17th, 2018 Recreational Cannabis is now legal and shops are opening their doors!
What are the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana?
Patients can receive a prescription for medical marijuana to treat a variety of ailments, including, but not limited to:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Chronic Pain
- Eating Disorders
- Loss of Appetite
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Nausea and vomiting
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Sleep disorders
What types of marijuana will be available?
The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations specifies that authorized producers will be permitted to sell dried marijuana, fresh marijuana, and cannabis oils (for oral consumtion). There will be a number of different strains to choose from, ranging from strong Indicas to strong Sativas and everything in between. Each strain can have unique effects and levels of psychoactive ingredients, so be sure to ask your physician for assistance in choosing the best marijuana strain to help treat your condition. Sativas strains are known for giving a stronger head high with uplifting and energizing effects. Indica strains are known for their full body highs and sedative effects – Indica strains are more likely to give you couch-lock.
How much will it cost?
This is dependent on the marijuana providers as well as potency and quality, but patients can expect prices to be between $7-$12 per gram. Prices tend to be closer to the $7 per gram when purchasing from a licensed clinic (via mail) and closer to $12 per gram when purchasing from an unlicensed dispensary. Patients pay for marijuana out of pocket – it is not covered by health insurance.
How much Marijuana can I have?
Patients are permitted to possess up to a 30-day supply of marijuana as prescribed by the patient’s healthcare practitioner, with a maximum of 150 grams. Medical marijuana patients are also permitted to grow marijuana in their homes.
Where can I consume marijuana?
Marijuana consumption is limited to the home and on private property in Manitoba. If choosing to consume in public, always use your discretion and common sense! Marijuana arrests are still common in Manitoba and Manitoba also has a ban on the use of vaporizers at indoor public places.
Can I take my purchase home if I live in another country?
No. All marijuana products purchased in Canada must be consumed in Canada. However, you may travel between provinces without issue.
Nothing on this website should be considered legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. Please respect the current state of Marijuana law in your area.
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