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“Some states have standards for identifying marijuana impairment on the job. However, those standards differ from state to state,” says Laura Kersey, NCCI’s executive director, regulatory & legislative analysis. (Credit: Africa Studio/Adobe Stock) “Some states have standards for identifying marijuana impairment on the job. However, those standards differ from state to state,” says Laura Kersey, NCCI’s executive director, regulatory & legislative analysis. (Credit: Africa Studio/Adobe Stock)

With the majority of states now having some form of medical marijuana laws on the books and 19 allowing recreational adult use, questions remain on how workers’ compensation systems should address the myriad of arising issues.

As seen recently in Pennsylvania, courts are grappling with the query of whether workers’ compensation should cover medical marijuana costs, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). In the Keystone State case, the court ruled yes and ordered the injured worker to be reimbursed for previous medical marijuana costs and have future costs covered.

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