A Healthesystems publication

Spring 2014

A Regulatory Overview of Marijuana

States have taken varied approaches to regulating use or possession of marijuana. At the federal level, marijuana remains an illegal substance under the Controlled Substances Act. This conflict between state and federal regulations could pose challenges for workers’ compensation in the future.

California became the first state to legalize the medical use of marijuana when voters passed Proposition 215 in 1996. Advocates claimed victory on behalf of terminally ill patients and others enduring chronic pain even as critics argued that the campaign represented little more than a ruse to legalize recreational use.

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