SK WCB refuses to pay for man’s prescribed marijuana

The CBC reported that a Saskatchewan man who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and has not worked for six years after attempting to apprehend a shoplifter during the course of his work has been denied drug coverage by the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB).

In the five years following the incident he tried a number of medications, none of which alleviated his symptoms.  Since being prescribed medicinal marijuana by his doctor his symptoms have eased, but the WCB won’t pay for it – and he can’t foot the bill himself.

The WCB simply states that “its drug coverage does not include medicinal marijuana” as “there is insufficient research on the medical benefits” of marijuana used for medicinal purposes.

He plans to appeal the WCB’s decision.  He believes he will become house-bound again if he does not have access to marijuana.  His marijuana prescription costs about $600 a month.

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