22-Year-Old May Have Set New Medical Marijuana Precedent
Jonathan Zaid, a student at the University of Waterloo, may have just made marijuana history here in Canada.
He claims that pot is the only thing that can keep him focused on his studies.
A doctor did give him authorization to purchase medical marijuana but, being a 22-year-old student, Jonathan couldn’t afford the costs of the drug, which amounted to $30 a day. “I’m a student, I have no income really so at the end of the day it was my parents paying for it and I felt really bad asking my parents to pay for my medical marijuana,” Jonathan says.
He had a chat with Sun Life, the insurance provider who provides coverage to the university’s students.
After reviewing his history with New Daily Persistent Headache since the age of 14, the fact that he’s used marijuana since his 18th birthday to cope with his problems, how close his doctor has been working with him on appropriate pot dosages, and the positive impact that pot has on his academic success, Sun Life decided to approve coverage for his pot!
“Currently medical marijuana is not considered an eligible benefit in our standard drugs plans. We do consider, and where possible, accommodate requests for exceptions if directed by the plan sponsors,” the insurer said.