Diana Koch has never wanted to relieve his pain and anxiety with opiates. After having seen family members struggling with an addiction, it was concluded that pharmaceuticals were not an option.
Medical marijuana has released the 36 year old woman her symptoms disturbing. But with the legalization of marijuana for recreational use on the horizon, she is worried to see market share be swallowed up by the new sector.
“The people who use it for medical purposes, they are really suffering from something of a condition that is a handicap in a certain way in their life,” she argues, from his home in Toronto.
“This is not the case of uses for recreational purposes. There is a difference,” said Ms. Koch.
The federal government’s proposal to impose an excise tax of $ 1 per gram on medical marijuana, equivalent to that which will be imposed on the marijuana for recreational use, has aroused the dissatisfaction of many patients. Ms. Koch has said that they believe the plan would be to migrate patients to opioid or illicit market.
“This essentially puts the medical cannabis in the same category as alcohol and cigarettes”, she said.
Bill Blair, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of Justice and head of the program of legal marijuana, has already said that the government did not want the levels of taxation are an incentive for people to use inappropriately the medical system.
The excise tax adds “insult to injury” given that the patients taking the marijuana are subject to federal sales tax, which does not generally apply to prescription drugs, has pointed to Jonathan Zaid, founder of Canadians for fair access to medical marijuana.