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Workers’ Compensation May Soon Cover Medical Marijuana in N.J.

February 14, 2020

New Jersey Lawmakers have been urging the state Assembly to move forward on two bills that would bring protection to cannabis-related companies and for workers’ compensation to cover medical marijuana use. The state Assembly advanced the two bills, but it is up to the Senate to decide if the bills should be pushed forward. The first bill would protect companies and employees against state retaliation if they are involved with marijuana-related business. New Jersey has legalized marijuana for medical use but there is still a stigma with those who produce medical marijuana products. The second bill would require workers’ compensation to cover costs associated with medical marijuana. If passed, this bill would allow the employee to receive financial help if they have already tried at least one other type of treatment. Many lawmakers are on board with these bills, but it may take time for this bill to get traction in the senate.

Workers’ compensation is designed to compensate New Jersey workers if they are injured on the job. Currently, all New Jersey employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance in case of an injury or work-related health problem. The proposed medical marijuana bills would allow for employees to receive medical marijuana for treatment of work-related injuries and be covered under worker’s compensation.

Experiencing an injury at work can be a very scary situation and can impact your mental, physical and emotional health. The Cherry Hill worker’s compensation lawyers at Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks LLP understand what you are going through and will help you receive the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 856-522-4124 or online for a free consultation. We serve clients in Cherry Hill, Camden and the Greater South Jersey area.

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