Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op
Unifor has announced that it has entered into a long-term partnership with Aleafia Health in an effort to secure medical cannabis coverage for its members.
Unifor will work with its membership to include medical cannabis coverage in collective bargaining agreements while Aleafia will provide access to its medical cannabis products, education and physician-led consultations, according to a news release.
“This is a landmark agreement, with a union and a medical cannabis company coming together to provide dedicated support through medical marijuana clinics across the country while challenging the stigmas associated with cannabis,” Jerry Dias, Unifor national president, says in the statement. “Partnering with Aleafia Health allows us to fight against Canada’s opiate crisis, and improve the lives of patients suffering from chronic pain,” Dias adds.
In September, Cannalogue, a health and technology company, began circulating a petition calling for national medical cannabis coverage for “disadvantaged groups such as seniors, those with disabilities and individuals below the poverty line.”
In a statement, Gerald Major, president and board chair of Medical Cannabis Canada, formerly Canadians for Fair Access to Marijuana, said at the time that the costs associated with medical cannabis are a barrier to access. “There is an unmet need for patients to receive expanded access to insurance coverage for their treatment,” Major said.