When the Administration announced early last year it would not prosecute law-abiding marijuana growers and sellers in states with medical marijuana laws, the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in California exploded. There are now approximately 2,000 medical marijuana dispensaries in California.
IF medical marijuana becomes an acceptable treatment for pain management, a “side effect” of medical marijuana being “legalized” for workers compensation will be the increase in the number of questionable or fraudulent work comp claims. There will be questionable claims made for back pain or other subjective injuries where the employee’s sole purpose in filing the work comp claim is to obtain marijuana paid for by the employer’s work comp insurance.
1. Who will control the dosage amount and the frequency of use?
2. Who will pay for the prescription?
3. How will employers enforce a drug-free workplace program?
4. How will safety programs be affected?
Author Robert Elliott, executive vice president, Amaxx Risks Solutions, Inc. has worked successfully for 20 years with many industries to reduce Workers’ Compensation costs, including airlines, health care, manufacturing, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality and manufacturing. He can be contacted at: Robert_Elliott@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com or 860-553-6604.
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