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NEEPAWA, Man. — Fencing and feed for livestock are exempt from provincial sales tax (RST). Also exempt are protective bike helmets, artificial limbs, and children’s safety equipment. Interestingly, so too is retail cannabis.
When the provincial government announced earlier this year what taxes would be applied to recreational cannabis sold in the province, RST wasn’t on that list. Sales of the drug are subject to levies applied by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, which include markups of $0.75 per gram, plus an additional nine percent. Retailers also have to pay a “social responsibility fee,” amounting to six percent of their revenues. There is also a federal tax, which will be split between the provincial and federal governments.