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Bill would recall comp for damages due to marijuana abuse



Maryland's lawmakers have proposed a bill that removes a worker's right to workers' compensation for injuries or illnesses caused solely by the effects of improper use of medical marijuana.

H.B. 683, introduced on Tuesday, states that an employee covered by or an employee addict would not be entitled to compensation or benefits to workers if accidental personal injury, compensable hernia or occupational disease were caused solely by the effect of medical marijuana as a result of failure to take marijuana in accordance with the written certification from a certifying provider or physician.

The legislation would also change the treatment of a compensation claim to include medical marijuana as a medical alternative.

A companion bill, SB 461

, was introduced on January 20 in the state Senate.

If signed into law, the legislation would enter into force on October 1, 2021.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Economic Affairs and Health and Government Activities.

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