Western Graduate Students Look for Medical Marijuana Coverage Under Health Plan

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Conversations on access to marijuana are taking place on Parliament Hill and university campuses alike.

With the federal government giving itself until 2019 to legalize recreational cannabis, there is an increasing push among student governments to include medical marijuana in student health plans.

At a recent general meeting on Dec. 8, the Western Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) passed a motion to explore coverage for medical marijuana under the society’s health plan.

The SOGS health plan is up for renegotiation in 2017 and medical marijuana will be on the table for discussion.

While cannabis is a legal treatment in Canada when authorized by a doctor, there are challenges when it comes to coverage — marijuana has not been assigned a Drug Identification Number (DIN) by Health Canada.

According to Health Canada’s website, “It uniquely identifies all drug products sold in a dosage form in Canada and is located on the label of prescription and over-the-counter drug products that have been evaluated and authorized for sale in Canada.”

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