Human Rights Board Orders Insurer to Pay Medical Marijuana Costs in Precedent-Setting Case

A Nova Scotia human rights board has ruled that a patient’s medical marijuana should be covered by his employee insurance plan in a potentially precedent-setting case.

The decision, issued Jan. 30, ruled in favour of Gordon Skinner’s claim that he faced discrimination when trying to access insurance coverage for his disability.

Skinner, who suffers chronic pain following a car accident when he was an elevator mechanic with ThyssenKrupp Elevator Canada, told the board he has been unable to work since. He said marijuana has helped his condition better than conventional pain killers.

He was denied coverage for cannabis in May 2014 by his insurance provider, the Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Fund.

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