ACMPR / Growing at Home

What is the ACMPR?

ACMPR stands for Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. It was created by Health Canada to replace the repealed MMPR, the prior set of regulations. The medical cannabis industry, and everyone within it, must abide by these regulations. You can review these regulations here.

Can I grow my own cannabis?

  • At this writing, patients with an active Medical Document who apply and are accepted under Canada’s ACMPR may grow a specific quantity solely for their own use, and for one other designated patient if that option is completed on Annex B of the form. There are strict limits on production and storage amounts.
  • Remember that you must allocate part of your allotment to growing, so you will be allowed to purchase less per month from your LP.
  • Harvest Medicine is happy to help you complete and submit your ACMPR grow application. To get started, follow the links below:
  1. Please read and ensure you understand the ACMPR
  2. Download and complete Health Canada’s Application form 
  3. Download and complete the ACMPR checklist.
  4. Book your appointment with Harvest Medicine or call (587) 356 3555

If I’m growing my medication, I won’t need an LP, will I?

  • It will take time to get approved, set up, and grow the plants. It’s best to always ensure that you have access to effective medication. Your LP provides lab tested, consistent supply, and grows far more strains than you will be able to under the ACMPR plant count limits. Your home grow might supplement your allotment, but don’t rely on it 100%.
  • Please note that the cannabis plant is not that easy to grow (unless you’re experienced), and requires an upfront investment that might be surprising.

Whether you’re growing seasonally outside, or inside all year round, you need:

  • Please note that the cannabis plant is not that easy to grow (unless you’re experienced), and requires an upfront investment that might be surprising.
  • It will take time to get approved, set up, and grow the plants. It’s best to always ensure that you have access to effective medication. Your LP provides lab tested, consistent supply, and grows far more strains than you will be able to under the ACMPR plant count limits. Your home grow might supplement your allotment, but don’t rely on it 100%.
      • ACMPR approved starter material (either seedlings or seeds from an LP approved to sell these to you). Any other starting material is illegal.
      • a secure grow area
      • approved (food safe) pest and weed control
      • consistent pH, requiring a pH monitor
      • different nutrients for each phase of the plant’s life
      • a drying area for your harvest
  • For inside grows, you have the added expense of:
      • clean, food-safe soil or growing medium
      • full spectrum lighting (window light is inadequate) and light control (total darkness for specific hours of the day)
      • fan(s) for air movement
      • ventilation for air exchange
      • odour control through filtration
      • humidity and temperature monitoring and control, potentially a dehumidifier to protect from dangerous molds
      • higher electricity and water bills
      • Lastly, you might wish to invest in at least one lab test to see if your grow is at sufficient medicinal levels in your needed cannabinoids and terpenes. Medical quality cannabis is grown under ideal conditions.