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.
- Medical cannabis is an authorized treatment needed by approximately 480,000 Canadians, and many patients struggle to afford their medicine.
- DontTaxMedicine was started for patients, by patients to fight back against the unfair sales tax on medical cannabis
- With the implementation of excise tax in addition to the misguided sales tax on medical cannabis, we are doubling down on our efforts to end the unjust taxation of medical cannabis and stand up for canadian patients
Taxing Medical Cannabis
Why should cannabis, if authorized by a health-care provider for medical purposes, be treated any different than most prescription medications?
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.
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 https://cfamm.ca/about-us/.
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.