If you are using cannabis medicinally you can write off a portion of your scripts and starting materials on your taxes yearly. As quoted from the Aphria site…

“Both medical marijuana and marijuana seeds are on the list of eligible medical expenses for tax purposes. Since September 2015, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has deemed medical cannabis purchased under a prescription as an allowable medical expense for legal medical cannabis patients. In order for you to be eligible to claim your cannabis medicine as an expense, you must have all of the receipts and all purchases must be made from a legal and licensed medical cannabis producer such as Aphria.”

The Absorption of Excise Tax, Free shipping, and Additional Value Ads

Many LP’s have stood up to the excise tax on medicinal cannabis and are absorbing the cost for the medical cannabis patient, internally. License producers like Beacon Medical, Organigram, & Weed MD are nobly covering the dollar a gram, or 10% fee for the patient. This move will ensure that the patient will not be affected by the changes that came about this week.

This move was implemented by LP’s to allow medical cannabis patients to obtain their medicine at a far lower price than what the OCS offers online. Other LPs such as Tilray and Peace Naturals are absorbing the shipping costs for their patients, again dropping the total price per gram to a manageable rate.

Compassionate Pricing, Veterans Pricing

Senator Angus King
(image via Big Buds Magazine)

A majority of the medical LPs in the market offer varying compassionate discounts for patients whose annual income falls under a set benchmark (typically those who fit under the 22k-30k ceiling annually qualify). These discounts vary from 10%-30% across the board, and with a notice of assessment, they will gladly sign the medical cannabis patient on to the program.

A clinic such as Hello Cannabis can help you navigate that space if you feel you may qualify. Veterans Affairs Canada offers full coverage of up to 3g of Cannabis a day for our heroes, who have dedicated their lives to our country. With accommodating staff reaching out to a clinic will make it easier for Veterans to navigate that space.

Education

Although there are some handsomely created top-level videos on the OCS site, there is a lack of personalized education and a serious lack of education on cannabinoids as a medicine. Becoming a medical patient ensures that you have a total health care plan.

Working with physicians, nurse practitioners and educators will help you find your path quickly, to achieve the best results for your body. Clinics such as Hello Cannabis will take the time to educate you on your cannabis experience and explain the various methods of ingestion while teaching you how to track the results for best efficacy.

 

Editorial By: Bubba Nicholson – President of Hello Cannabis & co-host of the Into The Weeds Podcast

 

 

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