Canadian Insurance company Sun Life will now cover its members’ medical cannabis costs as part of their insurance coverage, making it the first company in North America to do so.
Currently Canada has a for-profit, commercially structured medical cannabis program, thanks to the passing of 2013’s Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. The nation’s medical cannabis program could most closely be likened to that of California, where prescriptions are written for anything from eating and sleeping disorders to cancer and epilepsy.
With Justin Trudeau’s election came literal high hopes for our friends up north, as he promised to legalize marijuana in Canada. Yesterday, it was finally announced that Canada’s Health Minister will introduce a law next year to legalize marijuana use.
Jane Philpott, Canadian Health Minister, spoke to a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, yesterday of all days, and expressed that Canada’s new marijuana reform would not just be for medical, but also recreational use.
Last week a federal judge in Canada struck down the country’s latest round (2013) of medical marijuana regulations, eliminating the ban on patients growing their medicine at home.
Judge Michael Phelan ruled that the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) “have no force and effect.” He also placed a 6-month suspension on his ruling designed to give the new Liberal Government time to come up with new rules for medical cannabis.
Last year a major shift occurred in the Canadian government: the long-dominant Conservative Party was out and the Liberal Party was in, with a comfortable majority in Parliament. New Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has many plans for his country, and one of them is the legalization of marijuana.