Canada’s medical marijuana program growing by more than 10,000 a month

Health Canada reports that as of January 31, 2017, there were nearly 142,541 clients registered with licensed producers of medical cannabis.

This figure is up from 130,000 as of December 31 of last year. At the end of June, 2015, there were almost 24,000 registered patients, increasing exponentially each quarter. As more Canadians become aware of Canada’s medical access program, and more physicians are comfortable with issuing recommendations for cannabis, the numbers continue to increase. 

Full market data is available on Health Canada’s website here, although the data has not been updated since November of last year. Updates are expected in the coming weeks. These two figures come from requests to Health Canada by Lift.

 Quarter Q1 2015 Q2 2015 Q3 2015 Q4 2015 Q1 2016 Q2 2016 Q3  2016
Total registered 23,930 30,537 39,668 53,649 75,166 98,460 129,876


The number of clients registered with licensed producers is the number of registrations that were active on the last day of the reporting period. This does not include any cancelled or non-renewed authorizations at that date.Past growth has shown a steady increase in patients registered under Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR, formerly the MMPR, the
Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations) since their implementation in mid 2013. You can explore past analysis of market data under the ACMPR and MMPR from Lift here.

According to Health Canada, under the MMPR (replaced by the ACMPR in August 2016), the regulator’s total expenditures for the Office of Medical Cannabis in the 2014-15 fiscal year were $6.7 million and, in 2015-16, were $7.9 million. Actual expenditures for 2016-17 will be known in the coming months. Under the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR), repealed in March 2014, Health Canada’s expenditures were approximately $25 million annually.

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