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Program Overview

Mark Pew will provide an informative and interesting discussion on the Implications of Marijuana Legalization and Opioid Use to the Workplace and the Workers' Compensation System. Forty-one states have some form of legalized medical cannabis. Reimbursement of marijuana by the workers’ compensation system has occurred in at least seven states, whether by court mandate or voluntarily. New Mexico even has it on its fee schedule. While marijuana is not as benign as advocates say, the argument that it is less dangerous than opioids – a treatment often enabled by workers’ compensation– has caused many around the country to reconsider their opinion. If workers’ compensation payers are not dealing with cannabis claims yet, they likely will be soon. This presentation will help explain the situation and implications.

Who Should Attend

  • Corporate Counsel
  • Defense Counsel
  • Claims Professionals
  • Employers

What You Will Learn

  • The momentum of marijuana legalization, both recreationally and medicinally, around the U.S.
  • Identify the potential medical uses of cannabis and how states oversee those uses.
  • Understand the argument of cannabis vs. opioids.
  • Outline the implications to the workforce and workplace.

Speakers

Mark PewMark Pew, Senior Vice President of PRIUM (a division of Genex Services LLC) and The RxProfessor, is a passionate educator and agitator. He has been focused since 2003 on the intersection of chronic pain and appropriate treatment and how to #CleanUpTheMess. That ranges from the clinical and financial costs of opioids and benzodiazepines to the corresponding epidemic of heroin use and the evolution in medical cannabis with a special focus on the BioPsychoSocialSpiritual treatment model. Recipient of WorkCompCentral’s Magna Comp Laude award in 2016, the IAIABC’s Samuel Gompers Award in 2017, and named one of the “Best Blogs” of 2016 and 2017, he is relevant and respected. Contact Mark at mpew@prium.net, on his LinkedIn blog at linkedin.com/in/markpew, or on Twitter @RxProfessor.

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