Life insurance companies in Canada are becoming more accepting of cannabis, and many firms have stopped categorizing pot users as smokers. Joan Weir, the director of health and disability policy for the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, told the CBC that many companies are no longer penalizing light users and “have moved to a model whereby as long as it was two or less per week then you would not be a smoker.”
But, she cautioned, there are still risks associated with smoking marijuana.
“It is still smoke,” Weir said. “You’re still taking something into your lungs.”
Insurance broker Lorne Marr said that the changes were made in anticipation of the legalization of cannabis in Canada.
“They saw the writing on the wall in terms of legislation,” Marr said, “but the changes came about a little bit before.”
Marr noted that the new standards are still evolving, but some cannabis users are already seeing a reduction in their insurance bills.
“A lot of the guidelines are still a little bit ambiguous,” Marr says. “But it’ s a big change from five or 10 years ago because everybody was getting smoker rates, which is a huge difference in the premiums.”
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