The Marijuana Conversation
My first “exposure” to marijuana was in the late ‘70s during a family vacation at Lake of the Ozarks. It was a rainy day so we went to see a movie – Up in Smoke, a Cheech & Chong movie. What were my parents thinking? They didn’t know – I went to the movies with the older kids while our parents stayed back at the cabin playing cards! Marijuana wasn’t something we talked about – it was an illegal drug.
As you know, everyone’s talking about marijuana now and many of us are talking about its impact on workers’ compensation. Here are some fast facts:
- Currently 29 states, plus DC, allow for medical marijuana. It’s legal for recreational use in eight states, plus DC.
- Marijuana is still illegal under federal law and it’s classified by the FDA as a Schedule 1 drug, which is illegal.
- Oregon and Washington authorized medical marijuana use in 1998, and Colorado authorized it in 2000.
- Colorado and Washington were the first states to legalize recreational marijuana for adults (age 21 and older).
The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) just posted their third installment in their “Marijuana Conversation” series. Check it out here: The Marijuana Conversation
This NCCI series explores the issues surrounding marijuana’s impact on workers’ compensation stakeholders: insurance companies, employers, employees and regulators/legislators. It’s a complex and difficult conversation about a rapidly changing issue. Like all difficult conversations, avoiding the conversation only leads to bigger problems.
For a deeper dive into this subject, contact a member of the ‘A’ Team today.
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