Adding tax to Canada’s MMJ draws ire of industry, patients

Licensed medical marijuana producers and patients groups are urging the Canadian government to reconsider its plan to impose an extra tax on MMJ.

Ottawa wants to levy an excise tax on both recreational and medical marijuana.

Groups such as Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana and Arthritis Society had been calling on the government to remove existing taxes on medical cannabis and give it the same treatment as other prescription medicines, such as opioids.

What you need to know:

  • Discontent with the new tax plan is spreading. An executive of one of Canada’s biggest LPs took to Twitter, calling for opponents to mobilize against against the tax.
  • Licensed producers, including Canopy, Tilray, MedReleaf and Aurora, have spoken out against taxing medical marijuana.
  • Bill Blair, the federal government’s point man on legalizing marijuana, said the taxes help prevent people from faking an illness to gain access to cheaper medical cannabis.

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2 comments on “Adding tax to Canada’s MMJ draws ire of industry, patients
  1. Sandi Leavey on

    I have Lyme Disease and Cannabis oil has given me back a good quality of life.
    The cost has been difficult and and added tax would make it imposible to afford.
    Anyone having to take this product for medical purposes should not be subjected to this.

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  2. johnny on

    Oh please. SO YOU CANT FAKE AN ILLNESS TO GET OTHER DRUGS. What a bunch of BS
    Its all about MONEY and nothing else.
    Oh and nobody has ever faked an illness to go fishing for . He should think about his responses before he opens his mouth

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