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Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced a new bill to exempt compassionate care programs from paying state taxes when they are providing free medical canna bis to financially disadvantaged people living with serious health conditions. Due to an oversight in how Prop 64 was drafted, these not-for-profit donation programs that have been serving medical canna bis patients for decades are now being forced to pay taxes meant for businesses, which are forcing these charity programs to shut down. “Since the beginning of this year, low income terminally ill patients, children, veterans, and seniors have been kept from receiving free medical canna bis,” said Joe Sweetleaf, founder of Sweetleaf, which has provided medical canna bis to people living with HIV/AIDS since 1996. “SB 829 will reopen the door of canna bis compassion to those who need it most. The time is now. Lives are on the line.” Following the passage of Prop 215 in 1996, which legalized medical use of canna bis in California, not-for-profit compassionate care programs started providing free canna bis to financially-disadvantaged individuals with medical canna bis prescriptions for illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, and other life-threatening conditions. Cultivators and retailers donate the canna bis to these programs, which then provide the canna bis for free to patients who are already struggling under significant medical expenses.
With the enactment of #Prop64, which legalized adult use of canna bis in California, taxes were put in place for both adult use and medical use of canna bis. These taxes were designed to be applied to all canna bis that enters the commercial market, which compassionate use canna bis does not enter because it is neither bought nor sold. However, due to an ambiguity in drafting of Prop 64, there is no way for cannabis designated for compassionate use to avoid being assessed the cultivation tax. That means that compassionate care programs are forced to pay high taxes on a product that is neither bought nor sold, effectively closing these donation-base