Workers Comp Judge Orders Employer to Pay for Medical Marijuana

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Finding that the N.J. Medical Marijuana law does not conflict with federal law, a Judge for the N.J. Division of Workers’ Compensation ordered an employer to reimburse an injured employee who was prescribed marijuana to treat severe pain. In this case, the employer, Freehold Township, argued that it should not be ordered to reimburse the employee for the marijuana he legally purchased because marijuana-cannabis remains an illegal drug under federal law.  The judge rejected that argument as “comparing apples to oranges.” Of particular note, the judge took notice of, and expressed concern about, the employee’s treatment with an the opioid, Percocet and suggested that the treatment of pain with marijuana is “safer, less addictive and is better treatment for pain.”

Join John Sarno and the EANJ staff on May 7th at the Annual Membership meeting where John will discuss Medical Marijuana in the Workplace.  Register here.