Is it legal? Is it safe?
Do I have to pay for it?
You’d think we would have figured those questions out by now. But answers about cannabis—AKA marijuana, pot, weed, and dozens of other names—remain elusive. For years, the legal status, medical efficacy, and impact of cannabis have confounded workplace safety, risk management, and workers’ comp professionals.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t enjoy being confounded. Unfortunately, it seems, we’ll have to get used to being left in a haze—no pun intended.
As cannabis gains in legalization and acceptance at the state level, it continues to hold onto its status as federally-classified Schedule 1 drug, meaning it has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” At the same time, few rigorous studies can support popular (positive and negative) beliefs about the substance.
All of which can make it difficult to determine if a worker using cannabis for medical reasons should have their costs covered or reimbursed.
To help employers and workers comp professionals navigate the Wild West of weed, Risk & Insurance magazine recently published some top takeaways from a doctor. According to Broadspire’s Marcos Iglesias, author of “Marijuana: A Medical Perspective”…