Who are the Victims of Legalisation?
Victims of legalisation are medical patients who have seen their medicine increase in price and many do not have a medical plan that will cover their needs. There are very few places that do. The future MUST include medical coverage for Cannabis or most patients will turn back to the old ways of buying because of the price. Patients do not like to call it the black market, as they get it from compassionate craft growers who would never turn their backs on them. While the Police are still shutting down dispensaries, many are re opening to service their medical clients man who have Cancer, PTSD, Pain control, Epilepsy and many others.
LIUNA union was the first to take a major step to offer medical benefit coverage for Cannabis. See video link below
In a bid to discourage opioid prescriptions and to give workers a healthier alternative to the highly addictive drugs, an Ontario union is now offering medical cannabis products through its benefits plan.
LIUNA Local 625 in Windsor announced the change to its plan Tuesday after two years of widespread consultation with pharmacies and cannabis suppliers. The expanded benefits plan will cover medical marijuana for its retired or permanently injured members, but it will only allow medical cannabis oil products with reduced THC for its members who are still on the job.
October 31st it was announced that the Co-operators Insurance company just announced they will be offering medical coverage now
However, the Co-operators will consider coverage for conditions where cannabis has been proven effective, such as chronic pain, nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy and muscle spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis.
Manulife Financial Corp. is launching a medical marijuana program in partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. this fall.
The program, which will be available for participating group benefits plans and individual plans in Canada, will involve specially trained pharmacists from Shoppers Drug Mart at a patient care centre based in Ontario.
The pharmacists will be available to help Manulife plan members who have been approved for medical marijuana coverage, offering counsel on different strains of the drug and methods for its administration. Plan members will then be able to choose the treatment that best meets their needs and their coverage.
But the shortage is only ONE problem. Patients who have been able to smoke or vape in their apartments are being discriminated against.
One tenant at an apartment building who said she was allergic to Cannabis, managed to convince the management company of her building to ban it completely. According to this CBC article:
A condo board in Mississauga, Ont. has banned the smoking and growing of marijuana in the building’s units and common spaces after finding out one woman has a potentially lethal allergy to it, despite its residents voting against the rule.
Applewood Place, at Dixie Road and Bloor Street, first tried to pass a rule in April to ban pot in the building, but owners voted it down. Then, it came to the board’s attention a resident in the building, Adele Schroder, had a potentially lethal allergy to it. The board sent a notice to residents about the rule change Monday night, less than a week after CBC Toronto published a story about Schroder.
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