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Greenleaf Medical Clinic

Are you a dispensary or walk-in clinic?

No, we are not a dispensary. We are private medical cannabis clinic that does not accept walk-in patients. All patients assessments are by appointment only.

What is your cancellation policy?

If a patient wishes to cancel or re-book their appointment it must be done so within 1 full week prior to their appointment date. Failure to cancel or re-book within this time period will subject you to a non-refundable charge. Cancellations and re-bookings can only be done by speaking to our staff in person or by telephone. E-mails and voice mails will not be accepted. No exceptions.

I am not located in Langley, BC. How can I have my appointment?

For all patients that are not available for a walk-in appointment we can conduct your appointment by tele-medicine (VSee). Your family doctor or specialist will be notified of your prescription in writing after your appointment.

What qualifies me for an appointment at Greenleaf?

You must have a pre-diagnosed eligible condition done so by a Canadian physician or specialist within the past 12 months. All patients must have a physician following your primary care. You must be over the age of 25.

Will your Doctor sign additional prescriptions, paperwork or take me on as a long-term patient?

No. We only handle ACMPR applications. We can assist you however with your renewal.

I need to see a specialist. How can I do this?

You will need to see your family doctor and request a referral to see a specialist. Don’t have a family doctor? You can also do this within your local walk-in medical clinic.

Does my health care plan cover costs for this appointment?

Cost for the appointment is income tax deductible and you will receive an invoice upon your appointment. Medical plans do not cover the cost of this medication or appointment. If you are a member of Veterans Affairs please inform our office staff at time of booking.

How long will it take for me to get a appointment?

On average the process is 2–4 weeks. This is dependant on when we receive your paperwork and records from your medical office.

Where can I find more information about medical cannabis?

You can find more information on Health Canada’s website: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugshealth-products/medical-use-marijuana/medical-use-marijuana.html

What role can pharmacists play in medical cannabis?

Even though pharmacists are not dispensing medical cannabis at this time, it is important for pharmacists to understand how their patients may use and access medical cannabis in order to provide effective medication management. Pharmacists may provide counselling on areas such as contraindications, drug interactions, management of side effects, alternative therapies, potential addictive behaviour, and appropriate use.

Does medical cannabis have a DIN?

Pharmacological cannabinoids such as Sativex® (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-cannabidiol) and Cesamet® (nabilone) have been approved for specific indications by Health Canada, however herbal medical cannabis has not gone through Health Canada’s drug review and approval process, nor does it have a Drug Identification Number (DIN) or Natural Product Number (NPN).

Is it possible to develop dependence on medical cannabis?

Yes, abrupt discontinuation after long-term use may result in withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, chronic use may result in psychological dependence.

Why do patients take medical cannabis?

Medical cannabis may be used to alleviate symptoms for a variety of conditions. It has most commonly been used in neuropathic pain and other chronic pain conditions. There is limited, but developing clinical evidence surrounding its safety and efficacy, and it does not currently have an approved Health Canada indication.

What are the main active ingredients?

The chemical ingredients of cannabis are called cannabinoids. The two main therapeutic ones are:

a. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a partial agonist of CB1 and CB2 receptors. It is psychoactive and produces the euphoric effect.

b. Cannabidiol (CBD) has a weak affinity for CB1 and CB2 receptors and appears to exert its activity by enhancing the positive effects of the body’s endogenous cannabinoids.

Each cannabis product will contain THC and CBD, however the THC:CBD ratio will differ depending on the product and/or licensed producer.

What is medical cannabis?

The term “medical cannabis” is used to describe products derived from the whole cannabis plant or its extracts containing a variety of active cannabinoids and terpenes, which patients take for medical reasons, after interacting with and obtaining authorization from their health care practitioner.

How long after my appointment can I order my medication?

After your appointment with us, please give our office 1-2 business days to send your prescription along with any other required documents to the Licensed Producer. Once your prescription has been submitted to the Licensed Producer the timeline will depend on their registration team. The average time for registration with a Licensed Producer is approximately 3-5 business days once the medical documents have been received.

Where do I send my tax documents or notice of assessment to see if I qualify for compassionate pricing?

Our office is happy to accept your tax documents or notice of assessment to determine if you qualify for compassionate pricing with Greenleaf Medical Clinic. Please e-mail your documents to patients@greenleafmc.ca.

How can patients access cannabis for medical purposes?

Patients must obtain a medical document from their physician or nurse practitioner (in provinces/territories where applicable). Patients can obtain cannabis in one of three ways:

a. Register with a licensed producer, listed on Health Canada’s website: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada.html

b. Register with Health Canada to grow a limited amount for their own medical purposes: https://www.canada.ca/en.html

c. Designate someone else to produce it for them.

To view the process of becoming a patient at Greenleaf Medical Clinic please visit the ‘Our Process‘ Page. If you find your questions aren’t answered by that page, please give our office a call.

How do doctors refer their patients for medical cannabis?

Your physician will be able to find our Patient Referral Form here. Completed forms can be fax to our clinic at 604-371-2044.

What routes of administration will be recommended?

Recommended routes of administration will be:

Dried Cannabis

Can be consumed orally or by inhalation (vaporizing). The route of administration will depend on physician recommendation and availability through the licensed producer.

Cannabis Oil

Can be consumed orally (under the tongue) or mixed with food. Cannabis oils, provided by licensed producers, can not be vaporized due to the carrier oils used.

Please note that other forms of cannabis such as edibles or tinctures are not sold by licensed producers under the ACMPR as they considered illegal by Health Canada.

What is included on the medical document?

The medical document includes information such as daily amount of cannabis needed, the duration of the prescription as well as any restrictions.

Under the new regulations, what is the role of doctors under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR)?

Healthcare providers are the only individuals legally able to prescribe medical cannabis to patients. A physician will provide the patient with a medical document, which is similar to a prescription, indicating the recommended dosage cannabis and duration of use.

How many doctors support medical cannabis?

More than 5,000 doctors have written a recommendation for prescription cannabinoids and medical cannabis in the past. This represents about 7% of all doctors in the country.

Is medical cannabis right for me?

Your family physician will help you determine if medical cannabis is the correct approach for your medical condition. If your family physician will not prescribe medical cannabis for you, or will not give you a referral to our clinic please contact us and we can assist your further.

How do I become a patient with Greenleaf Medical Clinic?

A referral is recommended, but not necessary. A referral from your family physician will open up which physician you can visit here at the clinic, and will also lower the cost of your visit. For more information about our office policies please give us a call.

Are you accepting new patients?

Yes! We are accepting new patients. To become a patient, click here

What is the daily dosage your doctor will recommend?

While the daily gram per day amount does vary patient to patient our clinic does not sign applications for over 5 grams per day. No exceptions.

Why does my oil dropper (from my licensed producer) not have dosing marks on it?

Go to your local pharmacy and ask if they have an oral dropper that reads from 0.10 to 1.0 ml. If your pharmacy does not have any oral droppers, please call us as we can ship them to you or you can come by our office and pick them up.

Do you handle my registration paperwork with my Licensed Producer?

When you are assessed in clinic, your cannabis educator will either ask you to complete paper registration forms or will register you online. If you are assessed using telemedicine, you will be required to complete the online registration forms for your Licensed Producer.

What is the minimum age requirement to be a license holder?

There is no age requirement for the program itself.

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Health Canada Licensed Producers

What is a licensed producer?

A licensed producer holds a licence issued by Health Canada, under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, to produce quality-controlled cannabis under secure and sanitary conditions.

Is the marijuana produced by Licensed Producers quality controlled?

Licensed producers are required to follow the Technical Specification for Testing Dried Marijuana for Medical Purposes. This document is available on the Health Canada website and outlines the conditions that must be met for quality assurance. Health Canada inspects licensed producers to ensure they meet the requirements of the regulations, including these specification. You can find more information here.

How many licensed producers are there?

Currently there are over 100 Health Canada approved licensed producers. You can read more about them on the Health Canada website.

Can I choose any Licensed Producer?

Yes, you can obtain your medical cannabis from the Licensed Producer of your choice. Our Cannabis Educators will work with you during your appointment to help you figure out which Licensed Producer would be fit your needs the best.

What do I do if my licensed producer doesn’t have my product?

There is nothing more frustrating than going to place your order and your licensed producer has no inventory. We apologize for the hassle. However, their inventory levels are out of our control.

IF this happens, please contact us and we will either substitute your product or change you a different licensed producer.

How will my cannabis be shipped from the licensed producer?

Your cannabis will be sent to you directly by the licensed producer. The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) prohibits possession, trafficking, import and export, and production of controlled substances, including marijuana, unless authorized by regulations. Neither the ACMPR nor any other Health Canada regulations authorize licensed producers to provide cannabis for medical purposes through a storefront.

How do I obtain my medication after I am legal? What does it cost?

You will obtain your medication from the legal licensed commercial producer that you have registered with. Prices vary from $3.00-$12.00 per gram depending on your own personal needs.

For a list of all producers please review here:
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/marihuana/info/list-eng.php

How do I order my medication?

Licensed producers offer secure online shopping, credit card phone orders and mail-in orders for our patients. Some Licensed producers will also offer e-transfers.

Why hasn’t my licensed producer contacted me yet?

All good things take time. The licensed producer can take 5 business days to complete your registration. If you have not heard from the company by the 5th day, let us know and we will follow-up for you.

Please note: You will not be able to place an order until you have confirmation from your licensed producer that your account has been activated.

How long will it take for my prescription to become approved with my licensed producer?

All licensed commercial producers have their own approval time line. The approval can take a few days to a few weeks.

Do you hand all my documentation to a licensed commercial producer?

Although a patient is responsible for completing their documentation we do review, correct, make copies of and send all documentation to the licensed commercial producer of your choice by courier. Any changes such as an address change after your application has been approved will be responsibility of the patient.

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Health Canada Regulations

Once legal, where can cannabis be used?

Depending on where you live, the rules for recreational cannabis use in public vary. In some jurisdictions (such as Alberta’s proposed regulations), the only restrictions are that you are not permitted to consume near hospitals, schools or childcare facilities. In other provinces, such as Ontario, consumption may be banned from anywhere outside of your private residence. In shared buildings such as apartments and condominiums, you may not even be able to use recreational product in your own residence.

Medical cannabis rules are different: your legal rights allow you to smoke or vaporize your medicine in public, as long as you do so in a space that is also designated for public tobacco use.

It’s worth noting that oils and edibles are allowed anywhere, as long as they are for medical purposes. It’s also worth noting that Greenleaf Medical Clinic does NOT endorse smoking of any product, for any reason, as smoking poses known risks to overall health. Vaporizing is different than smoking.

How much cannabis am I allowed to possess?

The amount of dried marijuana and/or cannabis oil you can possess is the lesser of thirty times the daily amount stipulated by your healthcare practitioner or 150 grams. For example, if your healthcare practitioner recommends 3 grams per day, you would be allowed a maximum of 90 grams at any one time (30 days × 3 grams). However, if your healthcare practitioner recommends 6 grams per day, you would be allowed to possess a maximum of 150 grams at any one time, which would therefore be less than a 30-day supply.

How do I show proof of legal possession of cannabis for medical purposes?

If asked by law enforcement, you can demonstrate that you are in legal possession of cannabis for medical purposes obtained from a licensed producer by showing either the label on the package containing your specific client information or the separate document containing the same information which accompanied your shipment of cannabis.

What are the current cannabis regulations?

Currently police can have you take the standard field sobriety test and if you fail they can demand a drug recognition evaluation, if you fail that, they charge you with impaired driving and they make a sample demand. It’s not tested for level, but cannabis must be in that urine sample for the charge to go forward.

There is no set limit on the amount of cannabis that you can have in your blood, the same way there currently is for alcohol.

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Cannabis Safety

What is the recommended way to store my cannabis?

Store you cannabis in a room temperature location, ensuring that it is away from any children and pets.

How do I measure my cannabis oil? My strain recommendation has me starting at 0.10 ml of oil and the dropper on the bottle has no markings or starts at 0.25 ml?

Please note that your prescriptions ‘allowable amount’ is in ‘grams per day of dried cannabis’. For dosing please read carefully and start at the recommended amount based on the specific products you will be using which are dosed in mls for oils not in grams.

Go to your local pharmacy and ask if they have an oral dropper that reads from 0.10 or 1.0ml. If your pharmacy does not have any oral droppers, please call us as we can ship them to you or you can come by our office and pick them up.

Accidental overdose of THC in very large amounts can be serious and if you are still unsure of your dosing please call our office for assistance Monday-Friday 8:30am – 4:00pm.

What is the daily dosage your doctor will recommend?

While the daily gram per day amount does vary patient to patient our clinic does not sign applications for over 5 grams per day. No exceptions.

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Growing Your Own

What is ACMPR?

The Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations or ACMPR is the newest set of regulations put forth by Health Canada to give qualified patients access to safe, high quality medical marijuana. Under these regulations patients are required to obtain a medical document from their physician, which acts as a prescription for marijuana. Once you obtain this medical document you may choose a licensed producer to register as a patient. Your chosen licensed producer will verify the medical document and your registration forms.

Do I need to supply Health Canada with the original medical document or is a copy acceptable?

You’ll need to provide an original medical document to Health Canada in order to register to grow your own, a copy of this document will not be accepted.

Can my chosen Licensed Producer give back my original medical document so I can apply to grow through Health Canada?

Unfortunately, as per ACMPR Prohibition – transfer of document, a licensed producer must not transfer to any person a medical document on the basis of which a client has already been registered. You must obtain another medical document from your Health Care Practitioner.

What if I’m already registered with an Licensed Producer, can I still apply to grow my own?

You may continue to fill your prescription with your Licensed Producer – you will however be required to obtain a new prescription from your Health Care Practitioner in order to apply to grow as Health Canada requires the original.

Can I purchase from a Licensed Producer and grow my own?

Anyone with a valid registration certificate will be able to access Licensed Producer supply “in the interim” before they are able to harvest product. However, you must provide a copy of the registration certificate in order to register with ONE licensed producer – We suggest to consider discussing with your physician to have 2 prescriptions; one to apply to grow and one to ensure continuous accessible supply to your medicine as application may be a lengthy one. It is for you and your Physician to discuss what would be best for you.

How much cannabis am I allowed to grow?

For those who wish to grow with a registration certificate from Health Canada, patients are capped to their number of prescribed grams per day, using a plant equivalency ratio. It’s easy to figure out how many plants Health Canada will enable you to grow: for every gram per day your doctor sets out on the medical document, you’ll be able to grow 5 indoor or 2 outdoor plants. Therefore, an individual with a 3 gram per day license may grow up to 15 indoor plants.

Link to plant calculator for your personal home growing license limits.

How can I apply to grow?

With the appropriate medical document from your health care practitioner, you can apply to register with Health Canada to produce cannabis for your own medical purposes or to designate someone to produce it for you.

Do I need to purchase seed or clones to start my grow?

At present, legally registered medical cannabis patients are only allowed to purchase seeds from licensed producers regulated by Health Canada.

Make sure you buy feminized seeds. Only unfertilized female cannabis plants produce the seedless buds desired by cannabis users.

Some licensed cannabis producers also sell clones, or pre-germinated plants cut from a mother plant. Cloned plants are more expensive than seeds, but are guaranteed to be female because they’re a perfect genetic copy of the mother plant.

Will I need a special room to grow in?

Growing a bountiful crop of cannabis indoors requires a fully enclosed area in order to properly manage temperature, light and humidity levels.

It is recommended that novice growers purchase a light-proof, vented “grow tent” to house their cannabis garden within another room. These grow tents are light-proof, very durable, trap all the odour in and come in a range of sizes, but it’s very beginner-friendly.

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Medical vs. Recreation

Once legal, where can cannabis be used?

Depending on where you live, the rules for recreational cannabis use in public vary. In some jurisdictions (such as Alberta’s proposed regulations), the only restrictions are that you are not permitted to consume near hospitals, schools or childcare facilities. In other provinces, such as Ontario, consumption may be banned from anywhere outside of your private residence. In shared buildings such as apartments and condominiums, you may not even be able to use recreational product in your own residence.

Medical cannabis rules are different: your legal rights allow you to smoke or vaporize your medicine in public, as long as you do so in a space that is also designated for public tobacco use.

It’s worth noting that oils and edibles are allowed anywhere, as long as they are for medical purposes. It’s also worth noting that Greenleaf Medical Clinic does NOT endorse smoking of any product, for any reason, as smoking poses known risks to overall health. Vaporizing is different than smoking.

Do I Still Need To Be Registered As A Patient?

Post-legalization it will be possible to legally obtain cannabis outside of the medical cannabis process. However, the rules will be different for recreational use versus medical use. Your rights as a patient are only protected as long as you are obtaining your supply through the government-mandated ACMPR process. That includes your rights to possess and carry, where and how you can use your medication, and in some cases may even impact what product you can obtain and how much you pay for it. For those reasons, we strongly encourage people who require cannabis for medical purposes to follow the ACMPR process.

Will legalization affect medical cannabis?

Canada is preparing to legalize recreational cannabis this summer, what does this mean for you, the medical cannabis patient? We are still awaiting the final approval of the Cannabis Act to know exactly what regulations will exist for recreational use post-legalization. Canada’s federal and provincial governments have already begun to roll out extensive regulations and restrictions for the sale, distribution and consumption of recreational cannabis.

Do you need a prescription to use medical cannabis?

Yes, you will need a prescription in order to use medical cannabis. You can obtain this medical document from one of our physicians. You will need this document to be able to purchase from a Licensed Producer.

What is the difference between medical and recreational cannabis?

Patients taking cannabis for medical reasons generally use cannabinoids to alleviate symptoms while minimizing intoxication, whereas recreational users may be taking cannabis for euphoric effects. Medical cannabis is authorized by a prescriber who provides a medical document allowing individuals to obtain from a licensed producer or apply to Health Canada to grow their own, whereas recreational cannabis is currently obtained through illicit means.

Benefits for medical cannabis vs. recreational:

  • Physician authorized to accommodate workplace policies
  • Farm-to-table from a Health Canada Licensed Producer
  • Compassionate pricing from some Licensed Producers (based on income)
  • Claimable medical expense on taxes
  • Coverage through health benefits
  • Physician care and support
  • Higher possession limits
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