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Why Licensing Will Matter When Legalization Happens

Tax Free Medical Cannabis

Anyone who lives in Ontario understands the burn of having harmonized sales tax (HST) added to nearly every retail purchase. Even when we don’t see the tax, it’s still there. Booze is a perfect example. On top of the LCBO’s significant mark up on imported wines, HST is also added into the price. The result is that what amounts to a $4 bottle of wine in Spain mysteriously turns into a $30 bottle once it hits Canadian shelves. We mention the LCBO because by many accounts (and if Premier Wynne has her way), this is the model the government will implement on recreational cannabis once it is legalized.

On the other hand, medical cannabis under a “Shopper’s Drug Mart” framework will likely be treated as all other medications which by law do not incur any federal taxes. Therefore, medical marijuana license holders may enjoy significant savings in this respect, though in many ways they already do considering they have access to strains for as little as $3,50/gram, compassionate pricing programs and are able to claim their medical marijuana as a tax deductible expense.

Recently, a high profile case has brought up another highly likely scenario: medical marijuana license holders may qualify for partial or even full insurance coverage of their medical marijuana. Imagine…millions of Canadians being able to treat their myriad of health conditions without paying a dime out-of-pocket for their safe, natural medicine…. Now wouldn’t that be something?

If you or a loved one would like to start accessing safe, effective medical cannabis then contact Plants Not Pills by clicking here or email info@plantsnotpills.ca. Use the promo code Health17 and enjoy a $25 discount off all fees associated with licensing.

Season’s Greetings from Plants Not Pills!

Season's Greetings from Plants Not Pills!

Season’s Greetings from Plants Not Pills!

With the holiday season approaching, Plants Not Pills wants to make sure you are giving yourself the gift of amazing cannabis. This is why we’ve put together a short holiday guide below featuring all the newest, stand out strains that our patients and staff have been raving about.

If you or someone you know is not yet licensed, please note that Plants Not Pills is currently offering a $25 dollar discount on its admin fees. Simply register with the holiday promo code HAPPY16 and we will automatically subtract $25 off any admin fees associated with licensing.

If you feel like trying any of the strains below, please contact patientservices@nlphysicians.com or call 226-456-1497 and we will help you add or switch your Licensed Producer free of charge.

From all of us at Plants Not Pills, we wish you the best of health and a very Happy Holiday Season!

Buddha Haze
(THC: 18%, 0.4%)
CannTrust
$10.50/gram This strong sativa, THC- dominant strain is getting great reviews as a second-to-none sleep aid.
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Platinum Mint Cookies
(THC: 17-20%, CBD: 0.1%)
D.S. & FITZ
$12.00/gram Platinum Mint Cookies is an OG Kush and Durban Poison premium hybrid that takes its users to euphoria’s top floor.
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Blueberry Kush
(THC: 16%, CBD: 0.4%)
CannTrust
$10.50/gram A potent Indica for those looking for a rich body buzz and serious pain relief. Serious relaxation guaranteed!
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Great Bear
(THC: 16%, CBD: 0.4%)
Aphria
$5.99/gramCurrently Aphria’s strain of the month, Great Bear is an effective and economical sativa dominant, high THC strain… 
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Embrace 
(THC: 6.1%, CBD: 9.8%)
D.S. & FITZ
$8.00/gram A Sativa-dominant strain, Embrace is known for its ability to relax without sedation, to relieve without …
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Wilbur
(THC: 2.5%, CBD: 5.88%)
Aphria
$7.20/gramA vigorous THC/CBD sativa dominant strain that is a perfect pick-me-up for the winter blues and also an effective strain for pain relief…
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On the Road to Recovery: One Patient’s Journey

Road to Recovery

By Kirsten O’Brien

Recently, a patient of ours shared his story with us. Even though his name has been changed for confidentiality purposes, his story is nonetheless heartwarming and inspiring to anyone suffering from mental illness. The following is an account of a remarkable journey back to recovery told in the patient’s own words.

I was first exposed to street cannabis at an early age. For years, this was my fall back to guide myself through self-medicating techniques. Due to the level of my early childhood traumas, and resulting later in extreme cases of post-traumatic stress, I began to use what I knew as recreational marijuana and other narcotics as self-medicating to relieve some of the symptoms I was experiencing. Since I was on the path to discovering tolerances and alleviating my pains, I had developed a high level of respect and understanding for the plant we all know as marijuana.

At the age of 16, I was first suspected to be in the category of major depressive. Alternatively, my family whom I closely interact with suspected that it was more than depression and seasonal affective disorder.

When I was 18, I was hospitalized. It was suspected that I might fall in the category of schizo-affective disorder. After more trials, tribulations and many many, MANY medications, I found myself in and out of the hospital for no less than a month at a time for the next three years. This is when I had gone under very extensive neurological testing and resulted in my current diagnosis¾ hyper-rapid cycling bipolar as well as borderline personality disorder.

Both during and post-diagnosis, I would rely on cannabis to help in many ways. However, I was always burdened with the guilt and fear of obtaining it by other means. With medical cannabis being more readily available to those that have a prescription, it has been easier and more stress-free than ever to place and receive an order. I have never experienced a time where I have been short or without my prescription. If I find myself running low, most times I can place an order and receive it the next day. It is THE safer and more honest way about ordering medical cannabis.

As a result of this bartering for illegal street goods, being constantly disappointed with product and its unreliability, I had entertained the idea of being medically licensed though it always seemed unobtainable. After being guided to Plants Not Pills by my fiancé early this year, I have since regained a tremendous amount of hope for myself. My daily outlook is a lot brighter and I feel even more confident knowing where my medical cannabis is coming from. The consistency that I have received from both Aphria and Mettrum remain very high. Since my prescription has been issued, I have learned to respect my generous dosage and regard it truly as one of my many medications. Since starting with Plants Not Pills, I have been able to reduce and eliminate some of my medications. The patient service teams at Plants Not Pills, Mettrum, Tilray, and Aphria are all highly regarded and the amount of care that all the teams uphold constantly is clearly evident.

Though I am currently on disability and not able to work, I have aspirations of working for a local licensed producer.

Without all the great people at Plants Not Pills, this simply would not be possible for myself and others like me. The service is always pragmatic, understanding, compassionate and honest. They will be able to guide you through all the steps in order to place your first order. Being patient has a huge role in being able to educate yourself from this service that they provide. I would highly recommend this service to anyone who is passionate, dedicated, honest, and understanding of how they think that medical cannabis might help them and being open-minded to how the staff and all licensed producers as well as Plants Not Pills can help you. As they grow, we can all grow and strive for brighter days.

Jared B, Toronto ON