420 with CNW — Medical Marijuana Activists in Pennsylvania See Workers’ Comp. Decision as a Win

June 22, 2021 15:25:22

Thirty-six states in America have legalized cannabis for medical use, and an estimated 3.6 million individuals are registered as medical cannabis patients in the United States. However, federal law classifies cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance with no accepted medical use; cannabis is ranked right alongside hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Consequently, insurance companies refuse to cover individuals who use medical cannabis to treat work-related injuries. Instead, most of these patients have to pay for their medical cannabis out of pocket.

In Pennsylvania, however, a workers’ compensation judge made a historic and possibly precedent-setting ruling after declaring that an employee who was hurt while on the job and used medical marijuana to ease her pain deserved to be compensated by her former employer’s insurance provider. According to the plaintiff’s lawyer, Dana Kaufman from Kaufman Workers’ Compensation Law, this is the first time there has been such a ruling…


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