Two licences are required if a facility wishes to cultivate and processes marihuana for experimental purposes. There are similarities between both applications. The average wait time for Health Canada to begin the review of these types of applications is 8-10 months.
There is a specific application in order to cultivate marihuana for scientific purposes, and a separate application for processing manufacturing derivatives or transporting product to another location. These applications are governed by the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act and its Regulations. For both applications, the person in charge of the project requires a degree in a relevant science. In order to qualify for a licence to cultivate, a full description of the research project will be required, security measures will have to be put in place, and record keeping procedures drafted.
A Dealer’s Licence is required to process cultivated marihuana (such as creating extracts or derivatives) for the purpose of research. As with the licence to cultivate, the site will require physical security measures and you will require a Qualified Person In Charge (QPIC) with a degree in science (better still, a pharmacist or practitioner). As stated above, you will have to submit all record keeping procedures that will be evaluated by Health Canada prior to approving the Dealer’s Licence.
NHP Consulting has successfully navigated clients through both types of research licences with Health Canada.