Keywords: Marijuana, Medical. Workers’ Compensation Act, Insurer, Medical benefits. Words, “Health insurance provider”

In a decision issued October 27, 2020, the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed a denial by the Reviewing Board of the Industrial Accident Board for an order directing the insurance company to pay for $24,000.00 in costs the injured employee incurred as part of his treatment from an industrial accident.  The DIA upheld the denial on the basis that mamajuana is a federally prohibited drug.  The SJC affirmed the denial but based on the language of the medical marijuana statute itself, which does not require a health insurer provider from being required to pay for medical marijuana.  Click here for the full text of the SJC’s decision.

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