The newest numbers from Health Canada show a continued increase in patients registering and doctors willing to authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes by their patients.
These figures match updates from Oct 2015, showing a similar trend. Over the past year, the number of patients registered to use marijuana for medical purposes under the MMPR has increased by over 161%, from just over 16,000 in January 2015 to over 43,000 in January 2016.
The amount of dried cannabis in production as well as storage continues to increase, as well. Canada now has well over 1 million square feet of approved cannabis production space. Dried marijuana production capacity by all LPs combined over length of licence is over 26,635 kg.
The number of medical practitioners that provided a medical document for a registered client also increased to now over 1,300.
The average amount of cannabis prescribed, in grams, remained the same from October, at 2.9 grams a day. The average amount of cannabis for medical purposes per client shipment is 1.1 g/day. Both of these totals have remained stable for several months.
The total number of shipments has also increased to nearly 30,000.
This newest data also shows information for cannabis oil, with 16 production licenses issued and 66 kg sold to patients thus far, and over 900 kg of oil in inventory. The production capacity for cannabis oil by all LPs combined over length of licence is 4,920 kg.
|Number of licences issued to date||16|
|Quantity sold to registered clients in the reporting period (kg)||66|
|Quantity produced in the reporting period (kg)||206|
|Quantity in inventory at the end of the reporting period (kg)||915|