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e-1528 (Cannabis)

Initiated by Heather Tayler from Vancouver, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Applying any tax to medically prescribed cannabis is inconsistent with the taxation of all other prescription medicines, which are tax exempt;
  • Taxes applied to medical cannabis create financial barriers to health and well-being for patients, and discourage Canadians from accessing the regulated medical cannabis system;
  • Patients already pay sales tax on medical cannabis and aren't eligible for reimbursement under most insurance plans in Canada; and
  • The federal government's newly announced proposal to apply excise taxes to medical cannabis, in addition to the existing sales tax, will disadvantage Canadians seeking relief from symptoms including side effects from cancer treatments, pain, seizures, anxiety and insomnia.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to make medical cannabis tax exempt in line with all other prescription medicines.
Government response tabled on May 27, 2019 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-93-12)
Open for signature
June 19, 2018, at 10:37 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
October 17, 2018, at 10:37 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway)
April 11, 2019 (Petition No. 421-03414)
Government response tabled
May 27, 2019
Photo - Don Davies
Vancouver Kingsway
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia