5 Canadian cannabis companies doing more
There’s something special about cannabis that inspires goodwill towards others—where would the 60s-era peace movement be without it?
And today, even in the wake of cannabis capitalism, social responsibility and giving back play a big role for a number of Canadian companies. Here are five notable businesses putting their profits back out into the world for good.
Organigram: Offsetting medical costs for patients in need
New Brunswick’s Organigram was Atlantic Canada’s first LP out the gate, founded in Moncton back in 2013.
Recognizing that not every Canadian can afford medical cannabis therapy, their OrganiCare program is offered to help offset costs: a 30% reduction on all dried cannabis products and oils to patients earning less than $35,000 per year—which represents a bigger discount at a higher income than most other LPs offering compassionate pricing.
The program, garnering them Most Compassionate LP at the 2017 Cannabis Awards, was updated in 2019 to offer an even higher discount to patients in need.
And to top things off, Organigram absorbs the $1 per gram federal excise tax (which not all licensed producers do), making their products that much more accessible. Today, both medical and recreational consumers in every province can order their dried flower and extract oils, but patient care remains a top priority for the company.
Hill Street Beverage Co.: Donating $0.10 for every bottle sold
A Toronto-based purveyor of alcohol-free wines and beers (and soon cannabis-infused drinks), Hill Street Beverages started out as MADD Virgin Drinks, sending proceeds to both MADD Canada and MADD USA.
As the company evolved into its current namesake, their $0.10 per bottle donation policy—totalling just under $2 million in donations to date—now includes Prostate Cancer Canada, the Arthritis Society, MS Canada, the Canadian Liver Foundation, March of Dimes Canada, and SickKids.