Excise Tax on Medical Marijuana has Kingston-Area Users and Producers Crying Foul

Article byGlobal News

The federal government’s plan to add a $1 tax on every gram of cannabis sold when it’s legalized next year isn’t sitting well with producers and users of medical marijuana.

Dianna Donnelly has a prescription and uses medical cannabis to help with depression.

“For the medicinal part of it I used to be on Cymbalta, I didn’t pay tax when I was on Cymbalta.”

She thinks the potential $1 federal tax on every gram of medical cannabis sold in Canada is discriminatory.

Jordan Sinclair a spokesperson for Tweed/Canopy Growth Corporation thinks the government’s plans to keep recreation and medical marijuana at similar prices misses the mark.

“So that there isn’t an incentive for people to go in and join the medical stream kind of on dubious grounds I would say.”

Sinclair says prescriptions should be left to the doctors.

“It could be dealt with, with existing measures and one of those, the most important is that doctors are already very well-trained in drug-seeking behaviour.”

For Donnelly the $1 exise tax per gram adds up to a $90 increase for her per month, and over the span of a year that’s just shy of $1,100.

Potential medical coverage through benefits doesn’t help her either.

“I’m a freelance writer who works from home, so, you know, benefits are never going to help me.”

Tweed/Canopy Growth Corporation has now joined a campaign asking the government to remove the tax.

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