SoCo (Social Collective); a non-profit medical cannabis dispensary for MMAR/MMPR holders featuring the lowest prices in Toronto with the highest-quality sources possible. Access medical marijuana at reasonable prices - a membership grants access to all SoCo dispensaries.
If you apply, you can receive (as example) a permit allowing you to possess, consume and cultivate cannabis in your residence. Typical exemptee is allowed to smoke 1 to 8 grams per day and cultivate between 1 to 50 plants. To date in Canada there is over 1100 people with permit to possess and may be 300 people with permits to cultivate their own cannabis.
Note 1: Health Canada does not make it easy to apply. Please read carefully and feel free to ask me any questions. All forms must be fill in legibly and carefully. They are not at all difficult, but you must fill all applicable tables and provide all the signatures. or you get rejected.
Note 2: The organization that provides malpractice insurance to Canadian physicians is telling doctors they should not prescribe medical marijuana unless patients sign a release-of-liability waiver. This is the form. Print it and sign it. I hope this make the doctor feel better :-)
Class I - Documents required to be signed by a family doctor.
If you suffer from the following conditions, you can apply to Health Canada for legal possession and cultivation of pot.
Multiple Sclerosis; Spinal Cord Injury; or Spinal Cord Disease, Severe pain, persistent muscle spasms. Cancer; or AIDS, HIV Infection, cachexia, anorexia, weight loss, severe nausea, Severe Arthritis, Epilepsy, Seizures OR Applicants who suffer from a symptom treated within the context of providing compassionate end of life care.
You need these documents and a signature from a family doctor. Most people with the above Medical Conditions have little problems getting their family doctor to sign application form. You will need the paperwork as well as 2 passport photographs. One of those photographs has to have your doctors signature on the back. This is to authenticate the photograph.
Class II - Documents required to be signed by a specialist.
If you suffer from any other conditions which cannabis is beneficial you have to obtain a signature from a specialist doctor.
Health Canada rules require that your family doctor contacts a specialist in the field of your illness and have him/her co-sign on the application form.
This can theoretically be done over the phone by your family doctor. The truth is that no family doctor will sign the application to Health Canada because no specialist will agree to diagnose someone he does not know, over the phone. I tried this with multiple doctors and they all refused.
I consulted with a few specialists and they explained to me that in order to diagnose anyone they need to see the patient. To diagnose anyone over the phone is unethical. How can a specialist say that patient A should use cannabis when he has never met this patient in person.
This leaves you the option to find a specialist yourself. First ask your family doctor for a referral, be honest with him as to why you need cannabis and explain the application process. He will most likely decline the option to sign the documents but he will refer you to a specialist who will sign the documents him/her self.
If a specialist signs your forms you do not need a family doctor to co-sign the application forms anymore. Health Canada website does not make that very clear. This means that your specialist is now your primary doctor.
When seeing a specialist, do not try to explain your entire life history. Any doctor has may be 10 to 20 minutes to briefly evaluate you. This is the reality of OHIP, doctors are busy to make a buck and they see 100s of people daily. Tell them how pot helps you and what kind of relieve you get. Tell him you became aware of the Health Canada applications and are sick and tired of getting your weed off the streets.
You still have to get these forms
If you suffer from Crohn's Disease or Stomach problems.
You need to contact a Specialist in Gastronomy - Print this article about Gastroenterology study which can add to your credibility that cannabis helps with Crohn's disease. This study can be found here but you need subscription. see also this website which can help you in your application.
If you suffer from Depression, Anxiety, or Mental Disorders.
You need to contact a Specialist in Psychiatry - See this new article which provides evidence to your claim that cannabis helps you with your illness. See details here. Contact me for help or questions.
If you can not find a doctor or a specialist to sign Health Canada applications,
you can still join any number of compassionate clubs in Toronto.
To join a compassionate club in Toronto you need to download this form (as an example for Cannabis Common, delivery service, most other clubs have a similar form) and have you family doctor sign it. You need a separate form for each compassionate club. List of compassionate clubs are listed here and everywhere on this site.
The form is simple and straightforward. The doctor confirms that you suffer from an illness. The doctor also confirms your name and address. The club will contact the doctors office and confirm that the form is valid.
There are compassionate clubs with an office in the downtown core of Toronto and 1 club making deliveries only. The pot is clean and organically grown. The clubs can also help you grow your own cannabis since weed is expensive.
It is unbelievable how extensive the compassionate network is compared to the miserable help Health Canada "tries" to provide.
Please feel free to contact us if you need help with any of the above information.
Compassion Clubs we recommend:
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