Gordon “Wayne” Skinner of Nova Scotia has won a human rights ruling against the Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Plan, arguing that he was discriminated against when his employee insurance plan would not cover the costs of his medical marijuana.

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Benjamin Perryman, the inquiry chair, ruled that the insurance plan went against the Nova Scotian Human Rights Act, and the company was ordered to pay all of Skinner’s medical marijuana expenses “up to and including the full amount of his most recent prescription.”

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The Canadian National Medical Marijuana Association believes that Perryman’s ruling is significant and likely to be used as a precedent for future medical marijuana coverage cases.  

 Skinner states: “Just to have that security of knowing that these medications that are absolutely necessary for me to have any functionality are going to be provided for, just alleviates so much stress and hardship on my family.”

 

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