Board says man’s med­i­cal mar­i­juana must be in­sured

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRE­TON/PROV­INCE -

HAL­I­FAX — A Nova Sco­tia hu­man rights board has ruled a Hal­i­faxarea man’s pre­scribed med­i­cal mar­i­juana must be cov­ered by his em­ployee in­surance plan. Gor­don (Wayne) Skin­ner of Head of Chezzetcook had ar­gued that he faced dis­crim­i­na­tion when he was de­nied cov­er­age by the Cana­dian El­e­va­tor In­dus­try Wel­fare Trust Plan. The for­mer el­e­va­tor me­chanic with Thyssen-Krupp El­e­va­tor Canada suf­fers from chronic pain fol­low­ing an on-the-job mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent in Au­gust 2010, and has been un­able to work. In a writ­ten de­ci­sion re­leased Thurs­day, in­quiry board chair Ben­jamin Per­ry­man con­cluded the in­surance plan in­cludes con­di­tions for cov­er­age and since med­i­cal mar­i­juana re­quires a pre­scrip­tion by law, it doesn’t fall within the plan’s ex­clu­sions.

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