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Medical Marijuana Users To Be Hit By New Tax

 

Written by Philippe Murat

Ottawa – 3 October 2018 – Medical marijuana patients are just a few days away from being hit by a new federal excise tax that will come into effect with the legalization of recreational marijuana on 17 October 2018.

 

This new tax will be applied to both recreational and medical marijuana. It will have a rate of 25 cents per gram of dried marijuana (or its equivalent in derivative products), 25 cents per viable seed and 25 cents per vegetative cannabis plant. Products with less than 0.3% of THC should be exempt.

 

Ottawa argues that if medical marijuana is not taxed the same way as recreational marijuana, some recreational users will try to obtain it through a prescription.

 

Jordan Sinclair, Communications Vice President for Canopy Growth, says that imposing a new tax on medical marijuana on these grounds doesn’t make sense. “Doctors are already screening patients who want a prescription for marijuana,” he says.

 

Canopy Growth, one of Canada’s leading licensed cannabis producers, has announced last June that it will pay the new excise tax on behalf of medical marijuana clients when it comes into effect. “Since the idea of an excise tax was first floated, we thought it would be a burden for our medical marijuana clients. We have also made lobbying efforts to ask the federal government not to proceed with the tax,” explains Mr. Sinclair.

 

He adds that the company’s track record proves its commitment to accessibility for those who can the least afford this medication. It already offers a 20% reduction on its products to low-income clients. “We intend to pursue business opportunities offered by both recreational and medical marijuana. That being said, we have made a commitment to our medical marijuana clients to ensure they have accessible marijuana. It is a moral obligation. To achieve that we need physicians and pharmacists to be on board and offer products that are fairly priced and free of red tape.” Mr. Sinclair explained.

 

Hydropothecary, another licensed medical marijuana producer, also stated its commitment to medical marijuana clients, saying the two divisions, medical and recreational, would operate independently. Communications Coordinator Alexandre Poirier says that medical marijuana patients will have access to a totally independent supply from the one made available for recreational use.

 

 

                        “The reality today is that about 60% of medical marijuana patients cannot afford a full dose…” 

                     James O’Hara, President and CEO, Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM).

 

 

 

Canopy Growth’s decision to absorb the tax for its medical marijuana clients is greatly appreciated by Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana. “I am pleased to see Canopy’s commitment to affordability for Canadian cannabis patients,” says James O’Hara, CFAMM President and CEO.  “Canadian patients face challenges paying for their medication and the government of Canada’s proposal to tax their medicine will make it even more difficult for patients to receive the care they need and deserve. I hope other licensed producers follow Canopy’s leadership and announce similar support for Canadian patients.”

 

O’Hara appeared in front of a Senate Committee this spring. “Our message was that Cannabis is a medicine like any other medicine and as such… shouldn’t be subject to any tax.”

 

In September, it was CannTrusts turn to announce that it will pay the excise tax for its low income clients. CannTrust already has a compassionate pricing program in place offering a 30% reduction on medical marijuana products.

 

However, another licensed producer, Peace Naturals, has had to close its Compassionate pricing program to new enrolments. The following statement can be found on The Peace Natural Project website:

 

“Effective immediately, our compassionate pricing program is closed to further enrolments. To better serve our existing patients, we are unable to accept any additional applications. All existing applications will be processed. We will also honour applications from anyone whose registration is currently in queue awaiting processing.”

 

This could mean that some licensed medical marijuana producers won’t be able to pay the excise tax for their medical marijuana patients and have a compassionate pricing program at the same time.

 

But through all this remains the fear that patients who already have access to compassionate pricing will lose part of their discount to the new tax.

 

James O’Hara also worries that imposing the excise tax on medical marijuana might drive some patients to the black market. “(Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau’s position all along has been to take the money out of the black market. But if he says that on one hand and on the other he is taxing medical cannabis, then he encourages the wrong behaviour because the reality today is that about 60% of medical marijuana patients cannot afford a full dose.” He explained.

 

There is also no way to prevent any provincial government to increase its taxation rate on medical marijuana.

 

Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana continues lobbying the federal government, hoping it will accept to exempt medical cannabis from the excise tax.

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Legalization and the Medicinal Cannabis User

There’s a buzz about legal recreational cannabis in Canada.  Here’s what you need to know…

  • On October 17th, 2018 cannabis will be legal to purchase across Canada.
  • Distribution models vary from province to province.
  • Online sales and mail delivery will also be available.
  • Some pharmacies will also be distributing cannabis.
  • Individuals will be able to grow up to four plants per household

Whether private or government run, stores will only be permitted to sell cannabis products that have been supplied by a Health Canada approved Licensed Producer.

“Why should I go to a clinic to obtain my prescription and register with a Licensed Producer when I can just go to a store for the same thing?”

Despite legalization, a medical designation and working with Canadian Cannabis Clinics offers many benefits.

 

ONGOING MEDICAL SUPPORT

Using cannabis medically requires a very different approach than using recreational cannabis and a very significant aspect of that is physician supervision. At Canadian Cannabis Clinics, patients receive care from physicians who are knowledgeable and experienced in authorizing cannabis as medicine and patients receive ongoing support with their treatment plan. Our team is there to help patients choose the right type of cannabis products and become registered with a Licensed Producer that has those products, as well as providing patients guidance on how to use their medication safely and economically. And there is no cost to patients.

 

PRICE

(Medical cannabis can be covered)
Managing expenses can be challenging, especially when faced with a chronic illness, disability or living on a reduced income. Canadian Cannabis Clinics is committed to assisting our patients with accessing compassionate pricing from Licensed Producers, and also advocates for private coverage from insurers such as Dejardins, Great West Life, and Sunlife. As an insured medical user, you may also be able to use your spending account to help pay for your medication.  Lastly, your Licensed Producer will always provide you with receipts that can be used to claim your cannabis as a medical expense on your income tax. Recreational users will not have these options.

 

ACCESS AND QUALITY

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Like all patients, medical cannabis patients require consistent access to their medication. Products that they find helpful, that have been lab-tested for safety and accurate cannabinoid and terpene levels.

 Canadian Cannabis Clinics is implementing policy to further ensure patients will have access to the products they need. Further, we’re collaborating with Licensed Producers to ensure patient-first access over the recreational market with commitments to our clinics and medical patients that will give patients priority access.  Patients first, always!

 

STIGMA-FREE

Negative opinions about cannabis has presented barriers to those who are using, or are considering using it to treat their medical conditions. Now that cannabis is increasingly being accepted as medicine, more people are experiencing cannabinoid therapy and at Canadian Cannabis Clinics, we are ready for you!  We are expanding across the country, and innovating new procedures in order to ensure that you have easy access to medication, support and education…And always free of charge.

Here’s to your good health!

For any questions about legalization and how it may affect you, or accessing medicinal cannabis please contact hello@cannabisclinics.ca

CAREERS

Physician – Quebec

  • Canadian Cannabis Clinics is actively seeking new physicians to join our future team in the province of Quebec.
  • Canadian Cannabis Clinics is dedicated to being Canada’s foremost centre for cannabis use as medicine.
  • With over 30 locations across Canada in 3 provinces, our growing team of physicians are committed to ensuring our patients receive the best specialized care available.
  • Physicians will enjoy the service of our professional team that takes care of all administrative, management and billing needs to allow for complete focus on patients.
  • *Since in Quebec cannabis treatment is only possible under a regulated research framework, our team will provide the bureaucratic support and the necessary tools for the administration of the questionnaires and the collection of data.
  • Interested candidates are invited to visit any of our clinic locations and will be provided opportunity to shadow and learn from our experienced physicians.
  • We offer a very competitive split, part or full time schedules with opportunity to earn over $250 per hour, and on-site Cannabis Counsellors who provide education to patients. Locums are welcome.
  • We are fully compliant with CMQ, CPSO, CPSA, CPSBC standards of practices and Health Canada guidelines.
  • This is an opportunity to practice in a unique and evolving field of medicine and be part of the leading experts in this field.
  • Please contact Caroline for more information at:  caroline@cannabisclinics.ca
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Back in July, Health Canada gave Licensed Producers in Canada permission to start producing marijuana extracts, including oils. This was seen as a great advance in the use of medical marijuana in Canada.

 

But not is all as it seems.

 

Here are 3 things you need to know about medical marijuana oils:

 

1. They Are Not Widely Available Yet. While Health Canada is permitting the production and sale of oils generally, it still needs to approve the standard operating procedures for production and packaging of the oils that Licensed Producers wish to sell. To date, only Mettrum and Peace Naturals have received approval to actually sell the oils, and presently neither company has any available for sale.

2. Oils Are Measured by Equivalency Factors. Under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), doctors must specify the grams per day of cannabis that a patient is authorized to use. However, when sold as oil, a “gram” is not a relevant unit of measurement. Licensed Producers have been asked by Health Canada to equate the number of milliliters of oils to the number of grams of dried cannabis that was used to produce each bottle of oil. For example, Peace Naturals has indicated that its Cerene oil, which is sold in 30 milliliter bottles, has an equivalency of 3:1. This means that each gram of cannabis is used to produce 3 milliliters of oil.

While this information is somewhat informative, it does have one big limitation: the equivalency factor does NOT identify the strength of the strain made to use the oil. For instance, it is a very different conversation if the strain used to make the oils has 12% THC vs. 25% THC. A gram, or a milliliter of oil, will have very different impacts on you depending on the underlying strain. Be sure to ask your licensed producer the strength of the underlying cannabis used to make the oil. However, it is worth noting that Health Canada, for the time being is, capping the strength of all oils at 30mg of THC per milliliter of oil.

3. Cannabis Oils Involve Oils from Other Plants. Although technically called “cannabis oil”, by and large those oils that you will be purchasing from Licensed Producers are not derived solely from cannabis. Rather, the cannabis is processed using oil from another plant, such as coconut, olives or chia. Each “carrier” oil has different health and medical considerations. For instance, coconut oil is known to promote increases in HDL (the good form of cholesterol), be antimicrobial and non-allergenic. Similarly, chia oil is known for being anti-inflammatory, can help regulate blood sugar levels and can help manage pain resulting from diabetes or other inflammatory conditions. Be sure to discuss the relative risks and benefits of each type of oil with your doctor or counselor.

Toronto's Best Medical Marijuana Clinics

 

Canadian Cannabis Clinics has come a long way since we opened southwestern Ontario’s first fee-free medical marijuana clinic in St. Catharines back on September 16, 2014. We now feature ten locations, including clinics in Toronto, Ottawa, and Windsor, just to name a few. We’re excited to be moving forward with our mission to treat patients, educate the public and local physicians, and advance the state of medical marijuana research throughout the Greater Toronto Area and Ontario.

If you live in Ontario and feel that medical cannabis could be used to treat the symptoms of your medical condition, ask your family doctor to refer you to Canadian Cannabis Clinics. Odds are that we have a location in your area.  Check out our medical marijuana health clinics in:

Burlington: 3155 Harvester Road, Suite 302, Burlington, ON, L7N 3N8, (289) 217-7947

Etobicoke: 2405 Lake Shore Blvd West, Suite 302, Etobicoke, ON M8V 1C6, (647) 499-5752

Kitchener: 885 Glasgow Street, Unit 2, Kitchener, ON N2M 2N7, (226) 680-0779

London: 279 Wharncliffe Road North, Suite 209, London, ON N6H 2C2, (226) 212-4155

Ottawa: Phenix Medical Building, 595 Montreal Road, Suite 501, Ottawa, ON, K1K 4L2, (613) 701-0609

St. Catharines: 80 King Street, Unit 2, St. Catharines, ON, L2R 7G1, (289) 273-3851

Toronto (Annex): Summertree Medical Clinic, 344 Bloor Street West, Suite 309, Toronto, ON M5S 0A0, (416) 913-7741

Toronto (Danforth): 121 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4K 1N2, (647) 350-6622

Whitby:  1615 Dundas Street East, 2nd Floor, Whitby, ON, L2N 1L2, (905) 875-2661

Windsor: 1883 Turner Road, Unit 3, Windsor, ON N8W 3K2, (226) 798-0200

Canadian Cannabis Clinics is proud to provide Canadians with the leading cannabis-specialized medical clinics throughout Ontario. All of our clinics are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Remember, we only see patients with scheduled appointments and referrals from a general physician. General inquiries to Canadian Cannabis Clinics can be sent to hello@cannabisclinics.ca.

As always, there is no fee to be a patient with Canadian Cannabis Clinics. All you need is a referral from your doctor and a valid OHIP health card. If you’re unable to attend your scheduled appointment, please let us know more than 24 hours in advance. Otherwise, you’ll be charged a $60 no-show fee if you cancel fewer than 24 hours prior to your appointment.

Don’t let the symptoms of your nagging medical condition take a toll on you any longer. Ask your doctor to refer you to one of our ten Canadian Cannabis Clinics locations today.