WINDSOR, ONT. — Labourers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 625 in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent recently announced it has added medicinal cannabis products to the list of medications covered under the organization’s benefits plan.
"Offering medicinal cannabis as a prescription reimbursement underscores our commitment to the health and well-being of our 1,500 members and their families," said Rob Petroni, business manager of 625, in a statement.
The program is said to be a first in North America. Members and their families will receive counselling, guidance and prescription services throughout their treatment program, notes the statement.
"Communities across North America are struggling with overprescribed painkillers in excessively high doses and that has led to the opioid crisis," said Petroni. "Our priority at LIUNA is health and safety, on and off the job site. Being at the forefront of medicinal cannabis care will minimize the health risks to our members and reinforce the organization’s responsibility to provide well–trained, highly skilled construction craft workers."