WCB changes pol­icy on med­i­cal mar­i­juana cov­er­age

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

The Work­ers Com­pen­sa­tion Board has stopped ex­clud­ing medic­i­nal mar­i­juana from its cov­er­age, says the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s di­rec­tor of work­place safety.

On Thurs­day, Kate Mar­shall told MLAs on the com­mu­ni­ties, land and en­vi­ron­ment com­mit­tee that the board changed its pol­icy in the fall and will look at it on a case-by-case ba­sis.

“We’re not in­un­dated with re­quests for it, but we have ap­proved it in some cases,” she said.

While the use of mar­i­juana as a med­i­cal treat­ment is one is­sue for the board, Mar­shall said there are also is­sues around work­place safety.

Mar­shall said she has at­tended pre­sen­ta­tions on the use of med­i­cal mar­i­juana in “safety sen­si­tive” work­places and it’s some­thing the board will have to con­sider in the fu­ture.

“It’s some­thing that’s def­i­nitely on our radar,” she said.

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