We believe that when medically indicated, cannabis/marijuana should be: accessible, safe, affordable, reliable, and equally recognized as a prescription medication.
FEDERAL BUDGET SHOULDN’T TAX MEDICINE OTTAWA, ON – Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM) will fight for the rights of patients at Parliamentary hearings on the 2018 budget today, arguing against a proposed sin tax on medical cannabis. Appearing before the Standing Committee on Finance, CFAMM representatives will urge MPs to amend Bill C-74 and eliminate the proposed sin tax on medical cannabis (watch here). “Struggling patients can’t understand why, when they’re doing their very best to take … read more
Appeal decision in Skinner (medical cannabis coverage case) disappoints community, but the fight is not over. Decision re-ignites focus on urgent affordability challenges facing patients like Gordon Wayne Skinner. April 12, 2018 – Halifax, NS – Today, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal released a decision in Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Fund v. Skinner (“Skinner”) overturning the Nova Scotia Human Rights Tribunal’s original decision that denial of medical cannabis coverage constituted discrimination. The Tribunal had previously ordered the Welfare Fund/Union to cover the … read more
Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM) is pleased to announce the appointment of James O’Hara as full-time President and CEO. James has been with CFAMM since August 2017 as Head of Partnerships and Strategy. In his new role as President and CEO, James will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and implementation of CFAMM’s strategic plan in addition to his current responsibilities with partnerships. James is a seasoned senior leader who previously held roles including Vice President & Director TD, … read more
Background In November 2017, the federal government announced a proposal to apply an excise/sin tax to both non-medical and medical cannabis after legalization. The excise tax is proposed to be applied at the rate of $1/gram or 10% of the product price (whichever is greater of the two) in addition to the pre-existing GST/HST sales tax. On February 27th, the federal government further solidified their plan in their 2018 budget (see pg. 177). Although lots of details are still uncertain, … read more