Article by Sarah MacMillan, CBC News
The Workers Compensation Board of P.E.I. is starting to see more requests for coverage for medical marijuana.
In an effort to inform employers about issues surrounding accommodation of medical marijuana, it held a session dedicated to the topic at its annual Workplace Health and Safety conference on Thursday.
The board’s medical advisor, Dr. Hendrik Visser, said the WCB of P.E.I. is “seeing more requests as a board to cover medical marijuana. And we look at those on a case by case basis.”
Though he said cases on P.E.I. are “still quite infrequent.”
Visser presented during the WCB conference along with Stuart Rudner, an employment lawyer from Ontario. Rudner said as the use of medical marijuana becomes more frequent, it will be important for employers to know their responsibilities and how to handle requests for accommodation.
Rudner said many employers he’s spoken with aren’t informed about medical marijuana and their responsibility to accommodate.
“Often when I tell employers they have to accommodate medical marijuana, their eyes widen, and they envision you know, basically people smoking up in the lunchroom. And it’s very different than that,” said Rudner.