More states are approving the use of Medical Marijuana. The consequences? Safety and drug policy issues for employers & employees who want insurance carriers to cover their marijuana use.

Conditions Qualifying for Treatment by Medical Marijuana
States with medical marijuana laws typically permit people with these serious medical conditions* to use marijuana without penalty:

♦ Cancer
♦ Crohn’s Disease
♦ Epilepsy
♦ Glaucoma
♦ HIV/AIDS
♦ Multiple Sclerosis
♦ Parkinson’s Disease
♦ Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

* Varies by state

83% think doctors should be able to prescribe Medical Marijuana.

Several U.S. states have approved medical marijuana. Others allow limited access to marijuana or cannabidiol.

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As of mid-2017, Medical Marijuana IS NOT COVERED by health insurance carriers in the U.S. with an exception involving an injured New Jersey worker. Read more »

Why Carriers Don't Cover Medical Marijuana

A CONUNDRUM…

Employers with a zero-tolerance drug policy are NOT OBLIGATED to allow marijuana use during work.

BUT…

Employers could face discrimination charges for refusing to hire or for terminating an employee based on his/her Medical Marijuana use.

AND…

Enforcement can be tricky for employers who allow employees to use Medical Marijuana at home.


Can employers…

…use an intoxication defense to dispute a Worker’s Compensation claim if marijuana is alleged to be a factor in workplace injury?

Despite the ambiguity, employers can protect themselves…

Employer Medical Marijuana Checklist

Questions about medical marijuana as it relates to Risk Management and Workers’ Compensation?
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Page content is accurate as of August 1, 2017.