Main Differences Between Medical Cannabis and Recreational Dispensaries
A Physician or Nurse Practitioner authorizes medical cannabis obtained through Health Canada-approved Licensed Producers.
Legal recreational cannabis is often used for enjoyment or self-medicating and is obtained through legal dispensaries overseen by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)Illegal recreational cannabis is obtained from illicit dispensaries or growers not authorized through Health Canada.
Medical cannabis allows for guidance and support from a medical professional, has strict quality and safety standards of products, prioritizes CBD-dominant products, and may be eligible for insurance coverage or compassionate pricing discount. You can claim all medical cannabis expenses on your taxes.
Dispensaries offer no medical guidance or support, no insurance coverage and production selection may differ from the medical market with lower CBD concentrations and more THC products available.