Manulife launches Canada’s first medical marijuana program
WATERLOO, Ont. — Customers will get help navigating the different strains of medical marijuana and the different ways to take it. The Manulife Financial insurance company says it will launch the first medical marijuana program in Canada this fall in conjunction with Shoppers Drug Mart. Manulife says the program will be available as an option for participating group and individual health insurance plans.Under the partnership, Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacists will help Manulife customers navigate the different strains of medical marijuana and the different ways to take it.
Manulife customers will then be able to choose treatment that is covered under their Manulife plan and receive ongoing case management. The insurance company — which was already offering medical cannabis coverage to clients on a selective basis — says more details of the program with Shoppers will become available once the program takes effect.
“Manulife’s medical marijuana program will ensure people have appropriate advice, make informed decisions and receive the support they need to choose the appropriate strain for their condition,” said Donna Carbell, Manulife’s senior vice-president of group benefits.