Marijuana And Workers’ Compensation On Industry’s Watch List

NEW MEXICO:  There are some who believe medical marijuana and the workplace are a potent mix just waiting to be stirred as increasingly more states approve the herb and its derivatives for medicinal use.

Not only are states approving the use of medical marijuana at an astounding pace, but at least two state supreme courts – in Colorado and in New Mexico – are taking up questions that center on marijuana and the workplace and workers’ compensation.

Such cases are of particular interest to those watching the workers’ comp space, and it has some wondering whether insurers will start being asked to pay for a substance that the federal government considers illegal.

According to the National Council for Compensation Insurance (NCCI), insurers are starting to receive requests to pay for medical marijuana.