Health Canada has updated their Market Data to include figures through December 31, 2016 (Q3). It also includes the addition of information on personal cultivation licenses and a change in listing from "amount produced" to "amount released for sale."
These latter changes are said to reflect a more accurate account of how cannabis is managed and stored at production facilities, such as distinguishing between harvested product that is still awaiting testing and that which is now available for sale. This better reflects how licensed producers already keep data, notes the report.
The inclusion of personal cultivation data is a new addition. The figures show 1,899 personal cultivation licenses issued through Dec. 31, and another 108 designated producer licenses.
Interest in personal cultivation has been so popular that an extensive backlog has formed, with patients now reportedly waiting several months to get authorization. Information received by Lift earlier this year shows that as of Feb 9, there are 2,554 individuals allowed to grow their own cannabis or designate someone to do so.
As with past updates, these figures show a continued increase in those authorized to use medical cannabis, as well as a small decline in the amount of grams per day prescribed, down another tenth of a gram per day to 2.5 grams a day. The average amount sent to a patient per day has also declined by one tenth of a gram to .79 grams a day from .89 in Q2 (July 1-Sept 30, 2016).
The update also notes 129,876 patients registered as of Dec 31, 2016. The most recent data Lift has received shows 142,541 patients registered as of January 31, 2017.