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New York: Court Approves Treatment Variance for Medical Marijuana

March 07, 2021 (1 min read)

In a case of first impression, a New York appellate court affirmed an order entered by the state’s Workers’ Compensation Board allowing a medical treatment variance in the form of medical marijuana for an injured worker who suffered from continuing pain after a work-related injury. That order required the workers’ compensation carrier to reimburse the worker for marijuana purchased pursuant to New York’s Compassionate Care Act. The carrier contended that there was a direct conflict between that New York law and the federal Controlled Substances Act. Under the CSA, possession of marijuana—even for medicinal purposes—is a criminal act. Reviewing several decisions from other jurisdictions, the court held there was no such direct conflict. The carrier could not be guilty of aiding and abetting; one could not aid and abet a completed crime.

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

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See Matter of Quigley v. Village of E. Aurora, 2021 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 1223 (3d Dept. Feb 25, 2021)

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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