A workers’ compensation judge has ordered a New Jersey municipality to pay for an injured worker’s medical marijuana, brushing aside an insurance carrier’s objections stemming from the drug’s status as a controlled substance under federal law.

It is at least the second time a workers’ compensation judge in the state has ruled in favor of a petitioner asking his employer to foot the bill for medical marijuana, perhaps a sign of growing  acceptance of marijuana in society. But for insurance companies who write workers’ compensation policies for employers reluctant to jump on the cannabis bandwagon, concerns over the disparity between state and federal law remains.

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