Article by Randi Druzin, Leafly
Medical cannabis advocates suffered a major setback April 12, when the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal overturned a ruling that an injured man’s legally prescribed medical cannabis must be covered by his union’s trust fund.
The court decided that the Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Fund’s refusal to cover the medication for Gordon Wayne Skinner was not due to discrimination, as the Nova Scotia Human Rights Board of Inquiry had found.
In a press release, Skinner described the decision as “devastating. My own union is doing everything [it] can to deny coverage of the only medication that works for me, while myself and my family are left to suffer,” he said.
Skinner, a member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors, was driving his employer’s vehicle when he lost consciousness and slammed into a tree in 2010. Since then, he has suffered from chronic pain and other ailments—and hasn’t been able to work.
Narcotics and antidepressants failed to provide relief but medical cannabis did. His employer covered costs for a while. When that coverage ran out in 2014, Skinner asked his union’s trust fund to cover the cost. It turned him down three times.