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Understanding the ACMPR Changes to the 30-Day Limit

When Health Canada eliminated the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations in August of this year they instituted the new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). Of the changes made to the ACMPR, one that has not been talked about much is how a patient’s 30-Day limit is calculated.

Health Canada regulations state that a patient can order a maximum of 30 times their daily limit within a 30-day period, but cannot exceed 150 grams per order per day. An individual can order as many times as they wish within the 30-day limit.

That hasn’t changed.

What has changed is the date on which the 30-day limit starts.

Under the old regulations, the 30-day limit was always based on when the patient placed their last order. This “sliding scale” had to take into consideration all orders placed within the last 30 days, and could cause patients to essentially “lose” days, affecting the availability of their medical cannabis.

Under the new regulations, per Health Canada, the 30-day Limit was established based on the expected delivery date of the patients first order after the changes came into effect on August 24. The limit restarts every 30 days, regardless of whether a patient orders or does not.

The the 30-Day Limit date is clearly indicated on the Prescriptions tab of CanniMed patients. For new patients the limit will show after their first order is processed.

When a patient renews their registration the 30-day limit is determined again based on the expected delivery date of their first order after renewal. Orders for the next ACMPR Limit period can be shipped 2 business days in advance of that date

We’ve also upgraded patient accounts to show the amount of medical cannabis available to them at the current time, making it easier to plan how much to order, and when. It’s part of our commitment to providing our patients with the best support and tools.

Here’s an example of how it works:

Let’s say your monthly allowance, as determined by a physician, is 150 grams (5 grams per day x 30 days). You place your first order for 10 grams and its expected delivery date is January 2, which is now the start of your 30-days. That means you can still receive up to 140 grams (150 – 10 = 140) up to January 31. Come January 29th we can ship your next order for delivery on February 1 when your limit resets to 150 grams again. Easy!

Continuing with the above example, let’s say then that you go on vacation some place warm for most of February, and since you can’t take your medical cannabis outside of Canada you don’t order any. When you get home and log on to your CanniMed account on February 28, you will see that your 30-day limit starts again on March 3. That’s great for you, because you can now order up to 150 grams immediately, and then, if you need, we can ship again on March 1 for your ACMPR Limit reset on March 3. And so on.

It’s not a big change, but it is important for you to know how Health Canada determines the window in which a patient can order. Patients can always find out how much they can order, and when, in their personal account, or reach out to us with any questions. We’re here to help!