CFBA Industry Leaders Emergency Session – Synopsis

  • Bill 45 will be the death of small canna businesses by taxes and fines
  • Lounges are essential spaces, where patients can safely and privately medicate, congregate in a social setting (illness can be isolating), reduce harm (2012 vapour lounge review)
  • Vapour fumes are drastically less toxic than burning plant matter
  • If Bill 45 passes, patients’ access to medicine is restricted, puts the patients/public at risk – could have grounds for a Section 7 Charter challenge
  • Canna businesses in Vancouver are struggling to stay open due to a lack of structure
  • Injunction on behalf of the patients + lobby efforts would be strongest action (multi-pronged approach)
  • Cannot apply for Section 56 exemption – exempts drugs/patients, but if cannabis falls under tobacco, it will not qualify
  • $20k-$25k to initiate lobby initiatives, $150k over the span of 8 months for both lobby + legal costs
  • PROPOSED STRATEGY: collect victim impact statements (from patients, physicians, etc), cross-Canada survey (ask ALL Canadians for their opinion on cannabis), media/PR engagement/public education (expanded knowledge to the rest of the community), organized sit ins at Queens Park, organized lobbying

END OF THE MEETING CALL TO ACTION/TAKEAWAY/NEXT STEPS

  1. DONATE WHAT YOU CAN & CONTINUE TO DONATE BETWEEN NOW & 39 DAYS
  2. REACH OUT TO CUSTOMERS, PATIENTS, FAMILIES – LET THEM KNOW THIS IS HAPPENING – MAKE SURE THEY ARE AWARE THAT THIS IS GOING ON – DIRECT THEM WHERE THEY CAN HELP (www.cannabizassociation.ca)
  3. SUPPORT A LOBBY GROUP/CONTACT ABI ROACH or CAMILLE SALTER