What You Need to Know
- A split Commonwealth Court panel ruled that an employer’s failure to pay its employee back for out-of-pocket marijuana costs violated the Workers’ Compensation Act.
- The decision allows workers’ compensation claimants to seek reimbursement for work-injury-related medical marijuana use.
- Judges Christine Fizzano Cannon and Patricia McCullough disagreed on the grounds that marijuana is still illegal at the federal level.
Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claimants may now seek reimbursement for the cost of medical marijuana used to treat work-related injuries, thanks to a precedential ruling entered by the Commonwealth Court.
A split en banc panel determined March 17 that an employer’s failure to pay its employee back for out-of-pocket marijuana costs violated the Workers’ Compensation Act.
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