The ACMPR historically allowed for the distribution of Cannabis to patients using Canada Post. The Cannabis Act read with the Cannabis Regulations now promulgated into law on October 17, 2018 will provide for the sale and distribution of Cannabis and its derivatives, such as Cannabis concentrates for recreational purposes through the provincial outlets comprising the liquor board and private dispensaries. The major difference between medical and recreational is the discombobulation of the supply chain with licenses for each part of the supply chain. Another significant difference is the provision of micro licenses providing opportunity for small business. There is also a constraint on any import or export of cannabis in the adult use market. Medical producers will continue to have the ability to import and export Cannabis and Cannabis products through a permit system managed by Health Canada.
Licensed Producers for medical purposes will continue to supply patients direct in the medical market segment but will also be able to sell to big pharma through a new license category “drug license”.