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Do insurance companies have to cover your medical marijuana prescription?

May 08, 2019 - 4:00 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you have a prescription for medical marijuana, does your insurance company have to pay for it? 

Last year, Canada's healthcare system began covering patients' access to cannabis-based medicines. Does your U.S.-based insurance company have to cover it if you've got a prescription?  

Just like having a Prime Minister or buying milk in a bag (which is a thing in Canada), having insurance coverage for marijuana is one of those Canadian things that isn't the same in the U.S. - at least not yet.  While 33 states and D.C. have legalized medical marijuana, it's still illegal under federal law, so insurance doesn't have to cover it.  

That might soon change. 

A bill was recently introduced in Maine that would require reimbursement by health insurance for medical marijuana in the state if it passes. Given that America has appropriated things exported by Canada like the movie "Porky's" and the Stanley Cup, it is possible that the coverage of medical marijuana is about to change, too.