Sun Life Financial sets a precedent by covering medical marijuana in Canada

July 06, 2018 in cannabis use disorder

Sun Life Financial Inc., a Toronto-based insurer, has taken a groundbreaking decision to include medical marijuana coverage as an option for its group benefits plans in Canada. The initiative will certainly set a precedent for other insurers.

Sun Life, which provides health benefits coverage to over 3 million Canadians and their families, started providing coverage for medical marijuana ranging from $1,500 to $6,000 per individual per year from Mar. 1, 2018. The Sun Life plan members must meet specific criteria to qualify for the coverage. They need an authorization letter from their physician and should be registered with a medical marijuana producer licensed with Health Canada. Moreover, it will be available only for specific symptoms related to cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and palliative care.

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 Regular marijuana use may affect quality of vision

March 24, 2017 in cannabis use disorder, Marijuana

Marijuana’s potency as an addictive drug continues to be a matter of debate in the United States. The adverse effects of marijuana due to a prolonged use, however, cannot be denied. Scientists are now testing the implications of marijuana use on retinal functioning that may affect the vision of an individual.

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 Marijuana ring busted at Burger King drive-through in New Hampshire

February 09, 2017 in cannabis use disorder, Marijuana, Substance Abuse

As the light clears the dark clouds looming over Rockingham County, Jeremy (name changed), a 45-year-old backpacker, scans the surroundings for signs of a Burger King outlet.

On spotting one in the distance, he heads straight to the outlet and pulls up to the speakers at the drive-through window and asks for “nasty boy.” At once, the assistant on the other side answers in confirmation. “Extra crispy French fries please,” says an impatient Jeremy sitting inside his car. The Burger King employee returns with a pack of French fries and a coffee cup. After making the payment, a smiling Jeremy zooms away in his car. He’s got what he wanted.

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 Record-breaking pot bust: $9 million worth of marijuana seized in Atlanta

January 20, 2017 in cannabis use disorder, drug abuse, Marijuana

In what is being termed as Atlanta’s biggest traffic bust, on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, the Atlanta Police Department seized an estimated $9 million worth of marijuana crossing the city. As per Deputy Chief Darryl Tolleson from Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Atlanta Police Department, it was a tip that led to the seizure of nearly 6,000 pounds of marijuana. The tipoff call came in the evening saying that a drug shipment was moving through the city in a cargo truck.

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 Americans largely ignorant of cannabis use disorder and its effects: NIAAA

May 12, 2016 in cannabis use disorder, Marijuana

Even as marijuana reform activists across the United States push for the legalization of medical marijuana in the country, it seems not all are aware of the benefits and adverse effects of marijuana use if we consider the increasing rate of cannabis use disorder.

According to a recent collaborative study by the Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University Medical Center, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), an estimated 6 million adults in the U.S. were suffering from marijuana use disorder in 2015.

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