Bills filed in state House, Senate would legalize medical marijuana insurance coverage

Medical marijuana, used to treat everything from chronic pain to Parkinson’s Disease to PTSD, is still not covered by medical insurance, a cost some say is prohibitively expensive to those who rely on the drug.

“Cannabis is medicine, it’s indisputable,” Dr. Ryan Zacklin, who works in the MassGeneral Brigham network, said at a Beacon Hill hearing. “Medication, it’s all covered by insurance. There’s no reason for this not to be.”

A bill filed by state Rep. David LeBoeuf, D-Worcester, in the House and Sens. Julian Cyr, D-Truro and Jason Lewis, D-Winchester, would legalize health insurance coverage for medical marijuana products and related clinical visits.

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