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Friday, January 6, 2012

Medical Marijuana Maybe Permitted By State Authorization

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Workers' Compensation systems maybe legally  implementing distribution of marijuana for medical purposes on a state by state basis circumventing a Federal prohibition. A Federal Court ruled today that the state authorized distribution program was not subject to Federal restrictions.

Prescription drugs utilization has exploded both in cost factors and in volume leading to major concerns by both employers and insurance carriers. Compounding the issue is that prescription pain relief is being offered more frequently to avoid the both costly and risky surgical intervention and protocols. Additionally there is a concern that state governments merely want to get into the act in order to tax the prescription costs for the purposes of raising revenue.

All of this focuses on the issue of whether the nation's workers' compensation system is actually providing the necessary care to cure and relieve medical conditions as intended by the crafters a century ago.

Click here to read more from the Jurist: Federal judge grants ACLU motion to dismiss Arizona medical marijuana challenge
"A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] on Wednesday granted an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] motion to dismiss a lawsuit [order, PDF] challenging Arizona's voter approved medical marijuana law, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act [text, PDF]."