Tax Claim For Pot From Black Market

A Nova Scotia man who buys medical marijuana from drug dealers says it should be tax deductible because the government-supplied drug is poor quality.

Tom McMullin, 45, has Health Canada’s approval to use marijuana to deal with chronic nerve pain in his back and legs.

The Prospect man smokes five grams a day and says that’s costing him thousands of dollars a year out of his meagre income.

“When you’re going through the black market, you’re spending a lot of money … taking $1,200 to $1,300 out of your household income a month,” he said.

McMullin said he would rather not buy his medicine from illegal drug dealers, but said the Health Canada marijuana is weak.

The Canada Revenue Agency provides tax deductions for medical marijuana bought from Health Canada or a designated producer.

“If I had the receipts from Health Canada, I’d have no problem writing it off. But as you know, in the black market, you’re not going to get receipts,” he said.

With the help of a lawyer, McMullin has prepared affidavits showing how much he spends on marijuana.

Despite his supply coming from illegal channels, McMullin has filed a two-year claim for more than $30,000.

Claim has a chance: medical marijuana group

The vice-chairman of Maritimers Unite for Medical Marijuana said McMullin has a chance of winning his claim.

“There are people who have claimed buying it from the so-called black market and have had their income tax processed that way,” John Cook said in Halifax. “It seems to be a hit and miss, who can claim and who can’t.”

McMullin said if he had to, he would take the Canada Revenue Agency to court to prove his marijuana claim.

– Article from CBC News.



  1. Troy Campbell on

    Considering he also had the choice to grow his own or have it grown by a designated grower I dont think he will be able to claim money spent in the black market as tax returns are based on the extra tax we pay each year over what our income would require. So as the product he bought from the black market was expensive it had no extra taxes added to its price then submitted to the govt to be returned to those whos tax bracket show they are deserving a return. Although the govt supply is terrible as far as I know if you get your ATP you are also guaranteed your production licence as well so he was never forced to purchase from the black market.

  2. Anonymous on

    That guy must make a lot of money if he’s paying $1300 a month on bud. Obvious question; why doesn’t he grow it? Buying weed is insane unless it’s only a few grams a month. 5 grams a day? Yeah, you’d have to be pretty insane to pay for that. Not to mention the fact that you would also be insane to smoke something as weak as bud when, at 5 grams a day, it is obviously way too weak to be worth the effort of inhaling all that smoke or vaporizing all that material.

    What’s the answer? Health Canada has to get real and start distributing hash instead of weed. Weed is not potent enough to be a serious medicine, as perfectly illustrated by the 5 grams a day guy. Being that homemade hash is about 4 times the potency of the bud it’s made from (since the yield is about 1/4 the bud weight), that guy would only need to smoke a little over a gram a day and he would get stronger disease relief too. Get serious, Health Canada, and quit screwing around with crude herb. That’s like giving people exemptions for poppy pods to relieve chronic pain. It’s possible to drink about a gallon of poppy tea but nobody would do that when purer forms of the active ingredients are available. What’s the matter, Heath Canada just too damn stupid to understand the concept of an herbal concentrate? At least give people bottles of Cannabis tincture, like the pharma companies sold in the 1800s. Giving people crude plant material as medicine is downright irresponsible and actually an insult.

  3. Anonymous on

    Imagine, the Canadian government paying 30,000 to illegal drug dealers. That would be so awesome.