The Canadian authorized licensed producer of medical marijuana application process under Health Canada's Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations ("ACMPR") is extremely long and complex. After all, if it were easy then there would be far more than the 38 existing authorized LP's! With a total of seven steps to the application process, the initial stages set the foundation for the rest of the application.
If you haven't read it already, our article overviewing the seven steps of the ACMPR application is a great first read for building a foundational grasp of the process.
The long process with Health Canada begins with their receipt of the application. As soon as the application is received, Health Canada puts it through a preliminary screening phase.
As mentioned in the ACMPR application overview article, 801 applications out of the total 1561 received by Health Canada have been returned due to being incomplete. That equates to over 50% of applications being returned in the initial phases.
For applicants who are unsure whether or not their application is actually complete, there is a useful .pdf checklist provided by Health Canada that provides a comprehensive list of the twelve sections and further sub-sections of the application.
If you are unable to check off every box on this list, then chances are your licensed producer application is incomplete, and runs the risk of return or refusal. As shown in the infographic below, 253 applications out of the total 1561 received by Health Canada have been refused. This is equivalent to over 16% of applications!
Even when completed properly, the Health Canada licensed producer application under ACMPR takes a really long time.
With unforeseen difficulties added in such as an incomplete application section, the process will only take longer.
If the application passes Health Canada's "preliminary screening for completeness," then the application will get an application reference number assigned. This assigned LP application reference number is then used throughout the remainder of the ACMPR application process in regards to communications with Health Canada.
This extremely complicated set of regulations governs the 38 currently authorized licensed producers of medical marijuana that we often cover on-site such as Aurora Cannabis, Canopy Growth, and Invictus MD Strategies, to name a few.
Check back often, as The Daily Marijuana Observer increases coverage of topics related to Health Canada's cannabis regulatory regime. If you are interested in learning more about any of the Canadian licensed producers, be sure to check out the companies' stock profiles in our comprehensive marijuana stocks database.
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