Should Cannabis be Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?

Cannabis is now legal in 38 states and medical marijuana is being used to treat multiple conditions, including cancer, chronic pain, and PTSD. While the FDA hasn’t approved marijuana to treat health issues, some doctors are recommending it to their patients, and courts are debating whether medical marijuana should be an approved treatment method covered under Workers’ Compensation insurance.

Rulings have been inconsistent so far. For instance, a New York court recently ruled that Workers’ Compensation should cover a disabled police officer’s medical marijuana costs and is working to legitimize marijuana as a prior-authorization medication. Yet, in Minnesota, a court ruled the other way, arguing that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law and, therefore, shouldn’t be covered under Workers’ Compensation claims.

Legal disputes and debates over medical marijuana Workers’ Compensation coverage will likely continue for the foreseeable future. Read more about the ever-changing cannabis legislation in this article.

Jencap company, Risk Innovations, specializes exclusively in monoline Workers’ Compensation insurance and can provide expert advice on this topic. For more information, please contact us.

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