Starting January 28, 2016, we have to apply a 5% sales tax to your medicine.
We have been fighting for 15 years to see that medical cannabis for all Canadians is deemed a medical necessity and is exempt from tax. This case, has incurred costs of hundreds of thousands and the BCCCS has been saving for 18 years to fight this fight, or pay the GST liability.
This has been a long and incredibly expensive case, the legal avenues have now been exhausted and disappointingly, we did not win.
On Monday January the 27th, the Federal Court of Appeals dismissed our appeal. The original case was in June of 2014 and we argued, essentially, that medical cannabis is a medical necessity and should there for be exempt from sales tax. We did not win the initial case and the Federal Court of Appeals also ruled against us.
The Federal Court of Appeals ignored many of the key issues and simply ruled that the Parliament could not have possibly intended for an illegal drug to be tax exempt.
Please check Lift Cannabis for the breaking report of our story or The Globe and Mail for more coverage.
What an uphill battle it has been, but we are still full of comPASSION!! There is no waver in our intentions to continue standing for patient rights and safe, affordable medicine across Canada!
Next steps, we need to lobby for legislative change.
Stay posted for updates on a campaign.
As many of you may have already heard, The City of Vancouver has approved 11 licenses so far and we will be appealing their decision with the City of Vancouver’s Board of Variance.
Please take a listen to our wonderful spokeswoman, Jamie Shaw for more insight on how the licensing process currently affects us.
Recorded yesterday on CKNW:
We apologize for the disappearance of our menu from our website. We recognize the severe inconvenience caused by this move, but it was done on the advice of our lawyer, John Conroy, in response to Health Canada‘s recent threatening letter.
We hope this move to address Health Canada‘s request, as well as the removal of edibles to comply with City regulations, are both temporary measures pending the outcome of next month’s election.
If you are not registered to vote yet, please visit Elections Canada.
In Love & Solidarity,
We regret to inform you that effective immediately, we must cease distribution of some forms of edibles from our menu.
The City of Vancouver has stipulated in order to comply with their new medical marijuana-related business licensing policies and to keep our doors open, “all edibles, except for oils, tinctures and capsules, are no longer permitted to be sold”.
As such, we can still offer a variety of beautiful infusions, and our staff will provide all the support needed to empower your self-titration as you adjust your dosage and find effective relief while switching to a new product.
As always, we are honoured to provide any member who needs guidance or support regarding dosaging, titration, recipes, or any other questions you may have about your medicine.
We acknowledge this regulation does not comply with the recent Supreme Court ruling, declaring all medical cannabis products to be legal for patients to use; however we are compelled to comply with the city’s requirement. We are working with them to find a way to stay in our current location, keep our doors open and to continue to provide you with the wide variety of healthcare services we are currently offering.
Thank you all for your continued support during this time. We love you!
All BCCCS Staff and Board
Dear members and allies,
If you would like to speak on the subject of the upcoming City of Vancouver dispensary regulations, please sign up here.
Thanks everyone for a great AGM.
We passed a special resolution allowing staff to send AGM notices by email.
Also, we gave away many excellent prizes via raffle draw.
Our summer 2015 newsletter is here. Inside: updates on the AGM, products, online menu and Wellness Centre services.
Check it out here.
As the largest and oldest medical cannabis dispensary in Canada, and the longest continuously-running dispensary in the Americas, we’re often in the news.
CBC did a photo-series on dispensaries in Vancouver, including our lovely Wellness Centre.
The Vancouver Sun took a look at how dispensaries obtain supply, including our model of acquiring medicine from exclusively-contracted growers.
Spring may not have arrived yet, but our Spring Newsletter has!