Don't Tax Medicine



The Don’t Tax Medicine campaign is a project of Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM). We believe that taxing medical cannabis is morally wrong and bad policy for Canada.

Taxing Medical Cannabis

Why should cannabis, if authorized by a health-care provider for medical purposes, be treated any different than most prescription medications?

Excise Tax

Gasoline, rubber, and fuel-inefficient vehicles. These are some of the things that have an excise tax in Canada. An excise tax historically is put on items that are considered “sinful” or harmful to the public. Medicine has no place on this list. By placing an excise tax on medical cannabis, our Government is maintaining a harmful stigma that it should instead be working to dismiss.

Sales Tax

Prescription medication, medical devices, and even basic groceries do not have sales tax charged on them. We believe medical cannabis should not either. Removing sales tax would be consistent with how we treat most prescription medicines. Cannabis is authorized by a health-care provider for medical purposes, but those who treat their conditions with medical cannabis are treated as second-class patients.


Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM)/Canadiens pour l’accès équitable à la marijuana médicale (CAEMM) is a federal non-partisan, non-profit, patient-run organization dedicated to protecting and improving the rights of medical cannabis patients. CFAMM’s goal is to enable patients to obtain fair and safe access to medical cannabis with a special focus on affordability, including private and public insurance coverage. To learn more, visit our website at

CFAMM and its Don't Tax Medicine campaign are supported by a variety of donors, including monetary and in-kind support from industry affiliated corporations. CFAMM will only consider organizations whose businesses are in line with our mission.