The bureaucracy in its infinite wisdom decided to set the price of Legal pot at 50% of the $10/gram street price
Statistics Canada defines the "poverty line" (or low-income cut off) for a single person living in a major city in 2007 as $21,666 (before tax), or $1805/month. The majority of all Licensees are single individuals’ dependent on fixed pension income from the Government. Licensees are all sick and either retired or disabled, or one of the very few still able to earn an income. These single individuals have only OAS and CPP as income and in the best possible income is available only to a retired recipient who is collecting maximum OAS of $537.97, who is so physically destroyed by illness to qualify for the maximum CPP Disability of $1,153.37. These fortunate individuals qualify for $1691.34/month before tax and almost make it to the poverty line: Almost but not quite. The worst damage is to those Licensees with dependants. Without the Old Age Security pension the only Federal Government assistance available is the CPP Maximum. There is no provision for support of dependents and they fall into the Welfare pit of their Province.
The government issues Licenses to Possess for daily use of amounts from anywhere from a minimum of 1 gram/day to more than 50 grams. Regardless of the number authorized, a one gram minimum plus HST costs $168 for a one month 30 gram supply. This is more than 10% of the maximum income available to Licensees from pension as well as those still able to work. A full time minimum wage job yields the same before tax income as the best case retiree. Very few Licensees can afford to purchase the amount they are authorized to use for symptom relief and wind up short changed on a sufficient amount to relieve their suffering.