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The Canadian cannabis industry, while experiencing significant growth, is grappling with a rising issue: unpaid taxes. A recent report by MJBizDaily highlights a 72% increase in unpaid excise tax by licensed producers, reaching nearly CA$300 million as of December 2023. This has prompted the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) to take action, including garnishing payments from wholesalers to recoup the owed funds.

This move by the CRA has divided the industry. Some companies see it as a positive step towards establishing a fair playing field by ensuring everyone adheres to regulations and tax obligations. Others, particularly those facing financial difficulties, express concerns about the added financial strain this garnishment might cause.

Several factors likely contribute to the rise in unpaid taxes. The complex regulatory environment surrounding cannabis, coupled with the challenging economic conditions faced by the industry, might be playing a role. Industry analysts even suggest that the CRA’s actions could force some companies to shut down.

It’s crucial to remember that the Canadian cannabis industry is still in its early stages and is undergoing rapid changes. Tackling these challenges requires a multifaceted approach, and there are no simple solutions. However, the CRA’s recent actions indicate the government’s commitment to addressing the issue of cannabis unpaid taxes.

Stay tuned for further updates as this situation unfolds. We will continue to monitor the industry’s progress and provide insights into how it navigates these challenges and post it in our blog

Shabnam Ghorashi

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