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Injured New Jersey Worker Gets Medical Pot Cost as Workers’ Comp

April 14, 2021, 6:57 PM

A New Jersey construction company was properly ordered to reimburse under its workers’ compensation coverage an employee who severely injured his back on the job in 2001 and uses more than $600 of medical marijuana per month to treat his ongoing chronic pain, a unanimous state supreme court ruled.

M&K Construction failed to show the federal Controlled Substances Act, under which marijuana use is still a crime, negates its obligation to comply with the state’s Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act in the manner ordered by a state workers’ comp judge, the New Jersey Supreme Court said.

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