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Feds should snuff out excise tax on medical cannabis

By Trina Fraser      

They’re violating the personal dignity of patients by imposing a ‘sin tax’ on their medicine.

‘We do not want the taxation levels to be an incentive for people to utilize [the medical cannabis] system inappropriately,’ explained Bill Blair, the minister responsible for cannabis legalization, as the rationale for a federal decision to impose a new excise duty on medical cannabis. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The legalization of cannabis is a remarkable accomplishment of the current government. Ending nearly a century of cannabis prohibition in Canada was a fundamental policy change. Although it was not universally supported, it was the right decision and it is precipitating an evolution in global cannabis policy.

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