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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.

Veterans Group ‘Marijuana for Trauma’ Responds to Cutbacks in the Updated Policy on Medical Marijuana Coverage for Veterans

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TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Nov. 22, 2016) – Canada House Wellness Group Inc. (formerly Abba Medix Group Inc.) (“Canada House“) or the (“Company“) (CSE:CHV)(CSE:CHV.CN)(CNSX:CHV), the parent company of Marijuana for Trauma (“MFT“) is providing this update in response to the Government’s recently announced policy changes regarding medical marijuana coverage for veterans.

In response to Veterans Affairs Canada’s planned cutback of medical marijuana reimbursements to veterans, MFT has pledged to implement clinical programs and processes to help veterans to continue to receive their medically appropriate prescribed amount of medicine.

These changes, which suggest three grams per day to be the maximum reimbursable dose, contradict what thousands of veterans relying on cannabinoid therapy have found to be effective. In our view, appropriately prescribed dosage amounts, based on individual needs, drastically reduces or eliminates their dependence on many other more harmful prescription medications.

The proposed cutback, from ten to three grams daily, is to take effect May 21, 2017 and is “very disheartening to those who have served their country with the Canadian Armed Forces,” says MFT spokesperson and co-founder Mike Southwell, a veteran of 17 years as a military engineer. “A veteran patient consumes an average of six grams of medical marijuana daily and many lives have been restored with this therapy. As an added result, many families are healing and rebuilding their relationships. To compound matters, there is practically no veteran who can afford the gap in coverage that these changes and the associated costs expose them to” said Southwell.

Southwell notes that most veterans have reduced both their dependence on opiate-based medicines and clinical visits to health care professionals for PTSD and pain management, as a direct result of cannabinoid therapy. “This could represent a significant cost savings over prescription medications and with minimal side effects.” adds Southwell. “Veterans have become functioning and productive citizens once again, after being injured in the course of their military service. They are vitally interested in continuing their recovery from trauma. The government must reconsider.”

Without their appropriate allocation of medical marijuana, veterans are at risk of descending back into harmful and abusive forms of self-medication, predicts Andrew Brown, President of MFT Ontario and a 13-year veteran of the Canadian Forces. “Suicides could increase.” he warns. “Veteran Affairs Canada’s arbitrary decision appears to be more of a “knee jerk reaction”, while at the same time, seemingly ignoring data surrounding the decrease in pharmaceutical complications and related medical expenses. We spare no costs whatsoever in rescuing even one soldier from the battlefield when they are missing, wounded or trapped. When we come home injured, after having served our country, does the value of our lives decrease?”

The bedrock of MFT goes back to the founder’s vision of supporting all the needs of veterans in Canada.

MFT hereby commits to all veteran patients that we will do anything in our power to safeguard you from any adverse effect of this decision as we continue our mission to reach every veteran in need of this life-saving medicine.

Canada House Wellness Inc.

Canada House is the parent company of MFT, The Longevity Project Corp., and Abba Medix Corp. The Company’s goal is to become a marketplace leader through strategic partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions to create a fully integrated medical marijuana marketplace. For more information please visit www.abbamedix.com, www.mftgroup.ca and www.plantsnotpills.ca.

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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

Legalization of Cannabis in Canada

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By Kirsten O’Brien

With the announcement of the legalization of cannabis coming to Canada in the spring of 2017, many are wondering exactly what legalization will look like. This week, we are taking a look at the different aspects the government needs to consider and what legalization might look like next year.

Dispensaries and Licensed Producers

In most major cities across the country, dispensaries have been spreading far and wide. In Toronto ON there has been an explosion of Dispensaries in the downtown core. With the influx of these illegal set ups, many speculate that they are hoping to be “grandfathered in” as the way to access marijuana locally. As this week’s raids of nearly 40 dispensaries in Toronto suggests, the government is not going to make it easy for these outfits to be part of whichever legalization model it eventually proposes.

On the other hand, Licensed Producers are also hoping to have a foot in the recreation market, as they are able to provide Canadians with high quality product. Licensed Producers are also required to follow strict guidelines when cultivating their cannabis, providing medical marijuana patients with added confidence in the strains they are purchasing.

Medical Patients

Many are wondering what the medical marijuana system will look like when legalization comes to Canada. One view is that legalization will open doors for medical marijuana patients. There is speculation that more insurance companies will be paying for medical cannabis for patients as it becomes increasingly de-stigmatized and more prescriptions are written. This would help thousands of patients who are currently unable to access medical marijuana on a regular basis due to its cost.

Growing

We are currently awaiting the new regulations surrounding medical cannabis patients and growing their own marijuana. Currently, only MMAR patients who had the correct documentation at the time that MMPR was introduced are allowed to grow their own cannabis. With legalization approaching, it is possible that permits to grow cannabis may make a comeback, which many patients are hoping for.

However, growing comes with its own associated risks as well. There are concerns surrounding theft of plants and marijuana, as well as things like mold, disease, and pesticide use if people are going to be allowed to grow themselves. Growing cannabis may be allowed, but there may also be very strict regulations surrounding private cultivation.

Licensing

Regulating access to cannabis is going to be the biggest challenge that the government has to face. Who will be allowed to buy it? Where will they be allowed to buy it? How much will they be allowed to buy? Currently, medical marijuana prescriptions have strict regulations regarding the amount a patient is allowed to possess at any given time. Recreational users may also be required to apply for a license to possess marijuana after it is legalized in order to protect children and other vulnerable persons from obtaining marijuana.

There is also the question of age. Will the legal age for marijuana be 19 as it is for alcohol? There is also the chance it could be 25 as many studies have shown the THC can have a negative impact on a developing brain. Or will there be no age restriction for purchasing? If there is a restriction on purchasing, age will certainly be a factor in that restriction.

Legalization is a much more complicated issue than simply possession of marijuana. There are many moving parts that make up the new regulations that will be coming next spring. As advocates for legalization celebrate their sizeable victory, they are also preparing for the much larger battle of helping to shape the future of marijuana in Canada.

Interested in obtaining your Medical Marijuana license to start accessing safe, effective medical marijuana? Register today at www.plantsnotpills.ca 

The Story Behind 4/20

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By Kirsten O’Brien

April 20th is a phenomenon in marijuana culture. Commonly called “4/20”, it’s the ultimate celebration of all things marijuana across the globe. Many will partake in smoking/vaping in public, or gather at rallies to support recreational legalization. With each year, 4/20 festivals grow larger and larger now that marijuana is going mainstream.

The History

No one is sure where the term “4/20” actually came from. Stories about its origins vary, with several claiming that 420 was the code police officers used for marijuana. Others say that it is the number of chemical compounds found in marijuana.

The most plausible is a story published in High Times a few years ago. A group known as “the Waldos” claims that 420 started as a code for their meeting spot when they were in search of a marijuana crop in their hometown – San Rafael, California. Eventually the group stopped looking for the crop after several failed attempts, but the term stuck as a code for teenagers who wanted to meet and smoke marijuana after school. It is said to have evolved from this point forward thanks to The Grateful Dead and their connections to The Waldos, and is now known as the socially acceptable time to consume marijuana.

Observing 420

In most places, 4/20 is just like any other day. However, there are festivals held in cities across the world to celebrate marijuana. In recent years, Glasgow, San Francisco, and Vancouver have been home to large 4/20 celebrations in which thousands gather and partake, without much protest from officials.

Celebrations on April 20th are often about advocacy for marijuana and those who chose to use it. Large marches show solidarity and support for those who are still victimized by an out-dated legislation built by the “reefer madness” misinformation propagated in the 1930’s.

The Importance

Over the past two decades, 420 has become a brand with marijuana related products like edibles, vaporizers and shops appropriating the number for commercial gain. Signs are frequently stolen as a result of the number 420, especially in Colorado, a state where marijuana is legal for recreational use. Officials even went as far as to re-brand one street “42x Street” to keep future signs from being taken.

“420 friendly” is also used by many searching for roommates online to let their prospective renters know that they are okay with marijuana use in their home.

4/20 has become a day of activism in countries and states where access to marijuana (even for medical purposes) is severely limited and stigmatized. This day brings enthusiasts together to celebrate marijuana as a symbol of social freedom, a relaxant and a medicine.

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Veterans and PTSD

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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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