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e-1864 (Cannabis)

Initiated by James OHara from Toronto, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • 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.
Government response tabled on May 27, 2019 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-93-12)
Open for signature
October 3, 2018, at 2:27 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 31, 2019, at 2:27 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Peter Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby)
April 9, 2019 (Petition No. 421-03368)
Government response tabled
May 27, 2019
Photo - Peter Julian
New Westminster—Burnaby
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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