Toronto has a wide variety of places to hear music, see cultural events and get great food depending on your preferences. Getting weed in Toronto is no exception. However, with respect to obtaining medical cannabis in Toronto, there’s no Yelp or city map to help you navigate how and where to get weed, so here are some answers to some commonly asked questions.
A dispensary is just what it sounds like, it dispenses cannabis, often that same day. Dispensaries are not medical facilities and do not employ doctors. You can walk into a dispensary, describe your symptoms and desired need for medical cannabis, purchase the product and walk out. Keep in mind, though, that there’s no medical oversight; there’s no guarantee that what you are getting is right for your medical ailment. There’s also the legal technicality that while the use of medical cannabis in Toronto is legal, dispensaries themselves are technically illegal. Local law enforcement may look the other way on proprietors running quiet, respectable dispensaries, but, they may not. You are at legal risk to obtain medical cannabis from even the nicest, quietest dispensary in the most upscale neighborhood.
Clinics, on the other hand, are a completely different story. They are medical facilities with trained personnel. Clinics require documentation from your healthcare practitioner that show medical necessity for cannabis use, possibly including documentation of trials and failures on other types of medication. You can receive medical cannabis through a clinic, often mailed to you but the process can take a few weeks. The good news is that clinics are not only legal, but well regulated, so you can have confidence that you’re getting.
Yes, it really is. The major difference at this point is that medical cannabis use in Toronto is legal and recreational use is not yet so. While cannabis laws are changing all over Canada and there are many ways to get weed for either use, for now, the two remain distinct. Obtaining it all depends on your tolerance for risk and your need for relaxation.