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Claim Your Cannabis As a Medical Expense

Claiming Cannabis As A Medical Expense

Don’t forget to claim your medical cannabis as a medical expense when you do your 2016 taxes (due on or before April 30, 2017). Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Get Your 2016 Receipts

Most Licensed Producers (LPs) have a section on their websites where you can view your past orders and print your receipts. If you can’t find it, please contact your LP directly as it is their legal obligation to provide you with your receipts.

Step 2: Fill Out Your Tax Forms

When you fill out your tax forms, make sure you include the total amount you spent on medical cannabis over the course of the year on your 2016 tax return.

A complete rundown on claiming medical expenses can be found at Canada Revenue Agency’s Website.

For more information, please email info@plantsnotpills.ca or call us directly at 1-844-470-6063

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.

Marijuana For Trauma Grand Opening in Strathroy

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Marijuana For Trauma (MFT) is opening a brand new Wellness Centre in Strathroy, ON!

Join the Marijuana For Trauma (MFT) Strathroy team on Thursday, Aug. 4th for a free Pig Roast BBQ and afternoon filled with entertainment. The inauguration of the centre will also offer an opportunity to get information about Cannabis Therapy, Peer Support and Outreach Programs available through MFT for Veterans, First Responders, Military and Police.

Don’t miss a chance to connect with the MFT community and find out more about how they are helping thousands of Canadians treat PTSD, Chronic Pain and a variety of other health conditions.

Where: 40 Metcalfe St W, Strathroy, ON

When: Thursday, Aug. 4, 1-7 PM

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Veterans and PTSD

PTSD Cloud

By Kirsten O’Brien, London, ON

Despite leaving the war-torn parts of the world behind them, many Canadian veterans return home with more than just superficial scars. These scars cause night terrors, outbursts of anger, and flashbacks, which put a serious strain on the veteran’s everyday functioning. These scars are commonly referred to as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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