Human rights commission supports medical marijuana bid

Nova Scotia board finds discrimination against worker
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/06/2017
Medicinal Marijuana
A variety of medicinal marijuana buds in jars are pictured at Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group dispensary in West Hollywood, Calif., on Oct. 18, 2016. Mario Anzuoni (Reuters)

The conundrum that is marijuana continues to challenge employers, as seen recently when a Nova Scotia human rights tribunal ruled an employee’s denial of medical marijuana coverage amounted to discrimination.

The decision involved Gordon “Wayne” Skinner, an elevator mechanic employed by ThyssenKrupp Elevator Canada. In 2010, he was involved in an accident at work, leading to physical and mental disabilities in the form of chronic pain and anxiety and depressive disorders.

Unable to work, he qualified for permanent impairment and extended earnings replacement benefits. And since various pain medications and anti-depressants proved ineffective, he began using medical marijuana using the appropriate prescription and licence.