How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Canada

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August 28, 2018
Medical Marijuana

There are thousands of Canadians that are already registered to use medical cannabis. It is widely becoming the acceptable alternative to pharmaceutical drugs that patients may not respond to or just because they would prefer a natural alternative to synthesized medicine. The number of people who are prescribed medical marijuana increases by approximately 50% year on year so more Canadians are asking – how can I obtain my medical marijuana card?

Well in fact the process couldn’t be easier, doesn’t even require you to leave the comfort of your own home and you could be shopping for cannabis within 24 hours – all you need is a laptop or a smartphone.

Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes

The first step of the process requires you to speak to an authorized health care practitioner, who is currently practicing medicine with the country. You have two choices of who you can speak to: –

  • Your current family doctor;
  • A physician or nurse practitioner online via telemedical connection.

Your family doctor may have treated you for many years and will know your medical history, however they may not agree with prescribing cannabis as a medicine due to previous stigma attached to the marijuana even though it has been legal since 2001.

Even if your family doctor is somebody who will be willing to prescribe cannabis you may have long wait times to get an appointment, long travel to reach them and less than adequate responses to certain specific questions you have regarding the essential details of medical cannabis.

To connect to a health professional via a telemedical connection is very simple, and although they may not have the benefit of having previously advised you, they are experts within the world of medical cannabis and are the perfect candidates to meet all the requirements you need and to answer all the questions you have.

They have all the necessary qualifications that allow them to sign and authorize prescriptions under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) and if you sign up through NamasteMD, you can have a free consultation within 24 hours to have them assess whether you qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card.

What questions may I be asked?

We have gone through some guidelines for your Medical Marijuana Evaluation, however here are some added points to remember. Medical Health Professionals who are assessing your need for medical cannabis will have a certain set of questions that you should be prepared to answer. Always answer these questions truthfully to the best of your knowledge. It is good however to have a think prior to your consultation so that you can back up any of your statements with evidence. Some of the questions you may be asked are: –

  • What is your condition? How does this condition and its symptoms negatively affect your day to day life?
  • Have you tried any previous conventional treatment? How have these conventional treatments failed to help with your condition?
  • If you are granted an ACMPR license, how do you plan on using the prescription cannabis? (this is generally to help with recommending the correct LP for your needs)
  • Do you currently use (or have you used) cannabis for medical purposes previously? Explain how much you have used, how you used it and what effects it may or may not have had on you.

Because of how specific the questions being asked are to medical marijuana, you are advised to seek out a specific medical professional trained as a medical cannabis specialist to get the prescription you are after.


We are able to guide you through the whole process of obtaining your medical marijuana card, all it requires is for you sign up either through our NamasteMD website or through the app (available on android in the Google Play Store and on the Apple Store). You could be shopping for medical cannabis online with 24 hours.