How employers and insurers are affected by a patchwork of state marijuana laws

The spread of marijuana legalization continues apace. More than 30 states and the District of Columbia now have programs that allow qualifying patients to access medical marijuana products. Another 13 states permit non-intoxicating medical products. Eleven states and D.C. permit recreational marijuana, where adults over the age of 21 can possess and use the drug.

But what is the impact of legal marijuana on workplace safety, employer duties and obligations and workers compensation insurance? Every state’s laws and regulations governing these issues are different, not to mention that federal law prohibits marijuana outright. To complicate matters further, state laws and regulations are constantly changing. Employment and insurance activities once prohibited are often now permitted – or required.

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Source: “Haze of Confusion” website. Accessed January 18, 2020

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