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e-1864 (Cannabis)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by James OHara from Toronto, Ontario, on October 3, 2018, at 2:27 p.m. (EDT)
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Cannabis
Tax exemption
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Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:
  • Health care is a human right and no Canadian should be denied access to prescription medicine they need to be healthy;
  • A “medical cannabis product” is a cannabis product sold for medical purposes pursuant to a licence for the sale of cannabis for medical purposes granted in accordance with the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act or the Cannabis Act;
  • Although medical cannabis does not have a Drug Identification Number (DIN), it is produced and sold in a highly regulated regime;
  • Patients who are legally authorized/prescribed cannabis for medical purposes can legally purchase quality-controlled cannabis for medical purposes from a Health Canada licensed producer;
  • The Canada Revenue Agency considers cannabis for medical purposes a tax-deductible medical expense; and
  • The Government of Canada allows for reasonable access to medical cannabis for all Canadians who have been authorized to use it by a health-care practitioner.
We, the undersigned, residents and citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:
1. Support Motion M-198 and reverse its decision to apply an excise duty to cannabis sold for medical purposes;
2. Recognize that cannabis for medical purposes should be exempt from any taxes, including the new excise tax, after the passage of Bill C-74;
3. Zero-rate the medical cannabis tax in line with all other prescription medicines; and
4. Exempt medical cannabis products from any additional taxes in order to allow for reasonable access to medical cannabis for all Canadians authorized to use it by a health-care practitioner.
New Westminster—Burnaby
NDP
British Columbia
Open for signature : October 3, 2018, at 2:27 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : January 31, 2019, at 2:27 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
501
British Columbia
411
Manitoba
103
New Brunswick
64
Newfoundland and Labrador
36
Northwest Territories
1
Nova Scotia
103
Nunavut
1
Ontario
1283
Prince Edward Island
17
Quebec
184
Saskatchewan
90
Other Countries
6
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