The New Jersey Supreme Court ordered a construction company to pay for a worker’s medical marijuana bills related to a workers’ compensation claim. The Supreme Court found that the company could not be found guilty of aiding and abetting illegal activity if they paid for the medical marijuana because the company is not directly purchasing or giving the individual the marijuana.
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in favor of medical cannabis patients Tuesday, voting unanimously that a construction company must pay for an injured employee’s medical cannabis bills.
The decision upheld an appellate ruling from last January that found an employer to be responsible for covering the monthly bill for medical marijuana used by a former employee to treat an injury suffered on the job in 2001.
The court found that while private health insurers and government aid programs do not have to cover medical cannabis costs under state law, private employers are not exempt from such workers’ compensation cases.