A report that resets the status of medical marijuana in the workers' compensation arena shows that although the majority of the country has laws that allow the medical use of cannabis – 36 states so far – it is a mixed bag if a payer has to replace the drug.
According to a study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine by six separate interconnected research organizations, only six states in the medical cannabis access states explicitly allow workers' compensation: Connecticut, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York.
The study was conducted by several offices within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the International Association of Accident Boards and Commissions, Workers & # 39; Compensation Research Institute and the National Council. on compensation insurance. The issue has been a leading topic in the workforce, as stakeholders aim to better understand which states allow access and compensation for what the federal government still considers an illegal drug. court rulings, pointing out that the drug "is generally considered a last resort treatment" and that different medical guidelines in those states "require the physician to prove that non-cannabis treatments have been ineffective for work-related health conditions."
In addition to identifying states that provide access to medical marijuana benefits, researchers identified 1
Six states explicitly prohibit compensation: Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio and Washington.
However, researchers predict a changing landscape and write that "cannabis treatment for occupational health conditions that do not respond to conventional medical treatments may increase as more workers request state courts and administrative authorities for cannabis compensation (employee compensation)."