Board says man’s medical marijuana must be insured
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.