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.
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