TORONTO and OTTAWA, Feb. 18, 2016 /CNW/ - Bedrocan Canada Inc. ("Bedrocan Canada" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the renewal of its license for its main production facility in the Toronto area. In addition, re-asserting its commitment to affordable medicine, Bedrocan Canada is also announcing that its advocacy efforts to remove sales tax from medical cannabis have advanced to the House of Commons where a petition supporting the effort will be presented to Canada's lawmakers.
This is a promising step forward for a letter-writing campaign that started less than a month ago respectfully asking the Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance to "zero-rate" medical cannabis, thereby removing sales tax from its sale. Once achieved this change will remedy an unjust financial burden on patients, and bring a viable treatment option in line with the treatment of other prescription medicines.
Bedrocan Canada, a subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX.V:CGC) is dedicated to advancing every aspect of medical cannabis, from clinical research to physician education. As Canada's cannabis laws evolve, Bedrocan Canada will remain committed to improving the body or knowledge, affordability and accessibility of medical cannabis.
"We are committed to advocating for patient issues, and ensuring that the patient's voice does not get lost as a framework for non-medical cannabis is established," said Bruce Linton, Chairman and CEO of Canopy Growth. "Our commitment to affordability dates back to May 2014 when we filed a request for review of this rule by the Canada Revenue Agency. This latest petition reflects our ongoing commitment to advance the issue of affordability however we can."
Bedrocan Canada's advocacy for fair tax treatment of medical cannabis follows closely on the introduction of True Compassionate Pricing, a flat $5 price for all varieties and all customers.
We invite and encourage Canadians to visit https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-190 to sign the petition and join as a partner in driving this important message forward.
About Bedrocan Canada
Bedrocan Canada is focused on medicinal cannabis production and research, including, the EQUAL Study, which is currently enrolling patients and evaluating how cannabis is affecting their quality of life of Canadian patients. Bedrocan's standardized strains have been used by tens of thousands of patients in seven countries around the world. www.bedrocan.ca
About Canopy Growth Corporation
Canopy Growth is Canada's first publicly traded medical marijuana company and the first geographically diversified producer with multiple licenses under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Tweed, Tweed Farms, and Bedrocan Canada, the Company operates three state-of-the-art production facilities in Ontario and distributes marijuana across the country to Canadian patients managing a host of medical conditions. The Company is dedicated to educating healthcare practitioners, providing consistent access to high quality medication, conducting robust clinical research, and furthering the public's understanding of how marijuana is used for medical purposes. www.canopygrowth.com
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