FAST FOCUS: The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced their decision this summer to uphold marijuana’s status as an illegal Schedule I substance, but growing state momentum for the medical use of marijuana has resulted in diverse regulations. The fundamental differences between state and federal policies make it challenging to ascertain the future of medical marijuana in workers’ compensation.
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1 -Goodman E. Attorney: comp carrier pays for medical cannabis in a first for Minnesota. WorkCompCentral. May 3, 2016. https://www.workcompcentral.com/news/story/id/be104d33182cdbeb8717d1a1bd473a8ad9882247
2 -Goodman E. Workers’ comp board approving reimbursement for medical pot. WorkCompCentral. May 9, 2016. https://www.workcompcentral.com/news/story/id/d5b0a73d9f5230b928ab1403bd40d4642dce077b
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7 -DEA announces action related to marijuana and industrial hemp. Drug Enforcement Administration website. https://www.dea.gov/divisions/hq/2016/hq081116.shtml Published Aug 11, 2016