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Court Says Carrier Must Reimburse Worker for Medical Marijuana

By Sherri Okamoto (Legal Reporter)

Thursday, May 22, 2014 | 3173 | 0 | 113 min read

By Sherri OkamotoLegal ReporterA decision by the New Mexico Court of Appeals to require an employer to pay for a claimants' medical marijuana swerves far away from rulings by courts in other states, but some experts predict that similar rulings may be coming as the nation becomes increasingly tolerant about use of the substance to treat pain.In fact, New Mexico claimants' attorneys suggested that insurers should prepare for future court orders by negotiating with marijuana dispensaries so they can buy at better prices.In Vialpando v. Ben's Automotive Service and Redwood Fire &...

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