An independent human rights board of inquiry has ruled that Gordon (Wayne) Skinner’s medical marijuana expenses are to be covered by his employee insurance plan. Mr. Skinner, of Head of Chezzetcook, Halifax Regional Municipality, argued that he faced discrimination in accessing insurance coverage based on his disability. Benjamin Perryman, the board chair, issued his decision on Jan. 30. Mr. Skinner suffers from chronic pain following a motor vehicle accident when he was an elevator mechanic with ThyssenKrupp Elevator Canada. He has been unable to work and medical marijuana had helped his condition over conventional treatment for pain relief. The respondents in the case, the board of trustees of the Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Fund, had denied Mr. Skinner’s coverage in May 2014. The Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Plan provides health and related benefits for employees and former employees like Mr. Skinner, working in the unionized sector of the elevator industry. Mr. Perryman concluded that the plan includes conditions and rules for the coverage of medical marijuana as an eligible expense. For example, since medical marijuana requires a prescription by law, it did not fall within the plan’s exclusions. Since medical marijuana was prescribed for pain management, it was accepted that it is a medical necessity and should be covered. Conventional prescription pain management drugs are normally eligible for coverage. Mr. Skinner’s medical marijuana expenses must now be covered by the Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Plan up to and including the full amount of his most recent prescription. The reimbursement will only be required where medical marijuana was purchased from a producer licensed by Health Canada or a person legally authorized to produce for Mr. Skinner under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. The claim must also be supported by an official receipt. To read the full decision, please visit: http://humanrights.novascotia.ca. FOR BROADCAST USE A Nova Scotia man who complained that he faced discrimination by his insurance plan based on his disability, will now have his medical marijuana expenses covered. Gordon (Wayne) Skinner, of Head of Chezzetcook, Halifax Regional Municipality, had a motor vehicle accident while working as an elevator mechanic. He had been denied coverage for medical marijuana, even though it relieved his chronic pain symptoms over conventional treatments. Independent human rights board of inquiry chair Benjamin Perryman ruled that the Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Plan’s contents supported a strong argument for medical marijuana as an eligible expense. Mr. Skinner’s expenses are to be covered up to and including the full amount of his most recent prescription. -30-
Rabat – International magazine, Vogue Australia, has listed Morocco’s Chefchaouen first among top 12 destinations to visit in 2019.Although each and every region in Morocco Tourism Destinations has its unique beauty, Chefchaouen may be the city that could rival Marrakech, Morocco’s red city and one of the most popular travel destinations for tourists visiting the country.Vogue Australia has recommended Chefchaouen to international tourists who might have already visited Marrakech and are looking for a change. “If your Instagram feed is anything to go by, the beautiful city of Marrakech in Morocco may seem a little bit ‘been-there-done-that’… visit Chefchaouen instead” wrote the magazine.Read Also: 2018 Africities: Morocco’s Chefchaouen, Best Intermediate City in Africa“Chafchaouen’s “blue streets “ are a must-see, wrote the magazine.The other top destinations that the magazine listed include: Zanzibar in Tanzania; Valletta in Malta; Porto in Portugal; Seville in Spain; Petra in Jordan; Osaka in Japan; Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia; Miami, USA; Jaipur, India; and Chengdu, China.Morocco’s other popular destinations are, Fez, Rabat, Essaouira, Ouarzazate, Casablanca and Tangier.Tourists from countries such as Romania, Poland, and the Czech Republic are now flocking to the North African country. Morocco’s Regional Tourism Council (CRT) reported that 2019 will be a promising year for tourism in Morocco.