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Not all medical cannabis equal in benefit plans

Thursday, August 18, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Dave McKechnie and Stefanie Di Francesco

The use of cannabis for medical purposes has been legal in Canada since 2001. Provided that a proper prescription is obtained, an employer’s obligations to workers who use medical marijuana are no different than to workers who are prescribed other prescription drugs.

While many Canadian workers have prescription coverage through employer-provided group health benefit plans, the issue of whether a worker is entitled to reimbursement for medical marijuana under such plans may come down to the wording of the plan.

The issue was recently addressed for...