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Ottawa/Charlottetown (P.E.I), Apr 13 (Canadian-Media): The national call against tax-free medical cannabis was joined by a Prince Edward Island ( P.E.I.) group on “Don’t Tax Medicine” event at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., media reports said.
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The event being hosted by P.E.I.-based Gocanna is being presented in partnership with Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana and sponsored by Organigram, one of three licensed producers to provide products to P.E.I.’s cannabis retail locations.
Besides industry stakeholders on a panel discussion as well as a Q&A session and and light refreshments, the event will include three local medical cannabis patients .
Annie MacEachern ,P.E.I. medical cannabis advocate, said the excise tax is in addition to the HST already subjected to by medical patients.
She described medical cannabis as useful in harm reduction, pointing to studies that showed the number of opioid-related deaths decreasing in states that have legalized medical and recreational cannabis.
“When (medical cannabis) is not considered a regular prescription, it doesn’t have a DIN (Drug Identification Number) associated with it. We’re kind of discouraging people from taking a harm reduction approach, especially people who struggle with addictions,” said MacEachern, who added the goal of the event is to help educate patients and public of the cannabis tax and what they can do to enact change.
Dr. Sana-Ara Ahmed, a chronic pain specialist with Alberta’s The Health Boutique, will also share her insight.
Being unable to find an Island doctor willing to participate in discussion of medical cannabis, MacEachern sought the help of an outside expertise via Skype to provide information.
“If local doctors don’t feel knowledgeable about using cannabis as a medicine, that’s OK,” said MacEachern. “But I hope that they will come out on Wednesday night because I think they are sure to learn something new.”
Reporting by Asha Bajaj)