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New Jersey: Court Affirms Order Requiring Employer to Reimburse Employee for Medical Marijuana Costs

January 30, 2020 (1 min read)

The Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, in a case of first impression, affirmed a workers’ compensation judge’s finding that an employer was required to reimburse its employee for the employee’s use of medical marijuana dispensed under the state’s Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (MMA). The appellate court found there was no conflict between the MMA and federal law in the form of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C.S. § 841) in as much as the employer was not required “to possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana,” but only to reimburse the former employee for his purchase of medical marijuana. Important to the court’s ruling was the fact that the injured employee had demonstrated the severity and chronic nature of his pain, his attempts to unsuccessfully alleviate the pain with multiple surgeries and medical modalities, and the efficacy of the prescribed medical marijuana. Accordingly, under these circumstances, the use of medical marijuana was reasonable and necessary.

Thomas A. Robinson, J.D., the Feature National Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter, is co-author of Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law (LexisNexis).

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See Hager v. M&K Construction, 2020 N.J. Super. LEXIS 4 (Jan. 13, 2019)

See generally Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 94.06.

Source: Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, the nation’s leading authority on workers’ compensation law

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