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Judge Orders Insurer to Pay for Worker's Medical Marijuana

Monday, January 9, 2017 | 652 | 0 | 15 min read

A New Jersey workers’ compensation judge has ordered an insurer to pay for medical marijuana for an injured worker who was benefiting from it and was able to reduce his prescription opiate use. Andrew Watson, 39, of Egg Harbor Township, was injured Nov. 6, 2008, while working for 84 Lumber. On April 18, 2012, Watson received an Order Approving Settlement and was awarded 33.3% partial total disability, for which he received 120 Endocet/Oxycodone tablets a month. Watson then joined the state Medical Marijuana Program, and Dr. Jeffrey Drew Polcer examined him and found “neuropathic...

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