Medical cannabis coverage granted to UBC Okanagan students

Posted on February 27th, 2018

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Student union is first in B.C. to cover medical cannabis under its health plan

Students at UBC’s Okanagan (UBCO) campus will soon be able to get medical cannabis covered by their student health insurance plan.

The university’s students’ union has approved a pilot project to test the coverage of medical cannabis starting Sept. 1, 2018. They are the second post-secondary students’ union in Canada to take this step.

In 2015, the students’ union at the University of Waterloo agreed to cover medical cannabis under its health plan.

“What we’re hoping ultimately is that it will improve the health and well-being of the student population by providing them with effective options for health care,” said UBCO psychology professor and cannabis researcher Zach Walsh, who is overseeing the pilot project.

Walsh said many medications are already covered under the health plan, and since cannabis is often prescribed by a physician and is recognized as a medicine, it should also be covered.

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