We believe that when medically indicated, cannabis/marijuana should be: accessible, safe, affordable, reliable, and equally recognized as a prescription medication.
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
TORONTO – Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM) expressed outrage on behalf of patients across Canada after learning the federal budget would apply a sin tax to medical cannabis. CFAMM has been campaigning against the government’s misguided plan to tax medical and recreational cannabis at the same rate since the government first floated the idea in a discussion paper from the Minister of Finance. “We have heard from tens of thousands of patients across the country” said Jonathan … read more
TORONTO – A majority of Canadians are opposed to taxing medical cannabis, a new Environics poll has found. According to the poll conducted in January of 2018, Canadian public opinion on medical cannabis is largely favourable, with nearly eight in ten Canadians supporting cannabis use for medical purposes (78% somewhat or strongly support), and six in ten preferring to see medical cannabis treated like all other prescriptions, and not be subject to tax (62% somewhat or strongly support). The poll … read more
Medical Cannabis Insurance Coverage Pilot Announced for UBC Okanagan Students Non-profit organizations lead advocacy efforts aimed at the responsible inclusion of medical cannabis in student health benefit plans Kelowna, British Columbia – February 21, 2018 – Two national non-profit organizations, Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM) and Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP), are pleased to endorse the UBC Students’ Union Okanagan (UBCSUO) motion to implement a novel pilot project to insure the costs of medical cannabis … read more