Ontario workplace safety tribunal 
looks into claim around medical marijuana

Police officer suffering from PTSD years after fatal shooting 
finds relief in drug for symptoms considered ‘constant and debilitating’
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/03/2019
Police
An Ontario police officer suffering from PTSD was entitled to reimbursement of costs associated with using medical marijuana, according to the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. Credit: Bennian (Shutterstock)

A former Ontario police officer has won his appeal for the reimbursement of costs related to a medical marijuana prescription to treat his work-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The 55-year-old was involved in the fatal shooting of a suspect in 1996. The worker developed PTSD stemming from the incident and had to take time off work, for which the province’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) granted him entitlement to benefits while he was off work.

Eventually, the individual returned to work as a police officer with the help of ongoing counselling. However, in 2006, his PTSD symptoms were exacerbated and worsened to the point where he had to go off work again for more than two years.