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e-190 (Tax system)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Hilary Black from Vancouver, British Columbia, on February 15, 2016, at 2:34 p.m. (EDT)
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Marihuana Medical Access Regulations
Marijuana
Pharmaceuticals
Sales taxes
Tax exemption
Certified

Petition to the Minister of Finance

Whereas:
  • Tens of thousands of Canadians have received authorizations for medical cannabis from their healthcare provider to treat a host of symptoms and medical conditions;
  • The cost of this medication is currently subject to federal and provincial sales tax. This is inconsistent with treatment of other prescription drugs that are zero-rated by the Canada Revenue Agency;
  • On December 16, 2012, then Minister of Health, the Hon. Leona Aglukkaq stated that her mandate was “to treat marihuana as much as possible like any other narcotic used for medical purposes”;
  • As outlined in the Excise Tax Act, drugs that are authorized by a healthcare practitioner and which are not available “over the counter,” are zero-rated;
  • The sales tax on medical cannabis represents an inconsistent financial burden for patients who are authorized to use cannabis; and
  • Ensuring that medical patients pay no tax for medicine is important and could be remedied quickly and independently of any other cannabis policy reform.
We, the undersigned, Medical Cannabis Patients of Canada and our supporters, call upon the Minister of Finance to:
Amend tax legislation to ensure medical cannabis is treated consistently with other medical necessities and is zero-rated, exempt from sales tax;
Apply this retroactively; and
Ensure that policies on the taxation of medical cannabis are fair and just, and that they honour the spirit of our legislation, which clearly states medical necessities are exempt from sales tax.
Guelph
Liberal
Ontario
Open for signature : February 15, 2016, at 2:34 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : June 14, 2016, at 2:34 p.m. (EDT)
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British Columbia
842
Manitoba
156
New Brunswick
424
Newfoundland and Labrador
164
Northwest Territories
17
Nova Scotia
463
Nunavut
4
Ontario
6639
Prince Edward Island
51
Quebec
488
Saskatchewan
251
Yukon
12
Other Countries
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