Research with any amount of cannabis must be conducted under a valid Research license issued by Health Canada. This may be accomplished by conducting the research either:

  • at the site of another licensee whose license type permits the type of research proposed e.g. research involving cultivation conducted on the site of a person with a Cultivation License (Standard or Micro-Cultivation), under the terms and conditions of their license; or
  • under a University of Guelph Cannabis Research permit in accordance with an institutional University Cannabis Research License issued by Health Canada.

As the University transitions to a campus-wide license and internal permitting system, Principal Investigators may continue to work under individual research licenses issued for their particular program. Due to regulatory requirements, cannabis research to be conducted at sites other than the Guelph Campus will continue to require a separate Cannabis research license (e.g. research stations, Ridgetown, or multi-site studies).

CRA Licensing and Reporting

If the research involves production of cannabis it must be included in the University’s Cannabis License issued by CRA with monthly reports submitted accordingly.

Please refer to the following guideline for more information.


All people involved in work under a cannabis research permit are required to participate in the Cannabis Research Program training module available on Courselink. Registration for this training can be done online.

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