** Medical Marijuana Update **
Reimbursement in Massachusetts for medical marijuana is based on Section 30 "the insurer shall furnish to an injured employee adequate and reasonable health care services and medical marijuana if needed."
As discussed during our seminar at Gillette Stadium in August, insurers are resisting payment for medical marijuana for a variety of reasons.
In Maine, the Maine Superior Judicial Court reversed an order against an insurer to reimburse the costs of medical marijuana. The court found that there is a direct conflict between the state's medical marijuana law and the Federal Controlled Substance Act. The order to reimburse would cause the insurer to violate Federal Law and by aiding and abetting a criminal liability. (See
Bourgoin v Twin Rivers Paper Co, L.L.C,
2018 ME 77)
Our office has defended this same issue to the New Hampshire Superior Court and a decision is pending.
In Massachusetts we have successfully defended the issue at the hearing level before the DIA but there is no definitive decision yet from the Review Board or the Appellate Court.
Please feel free to contact either
Vincent Tentindo at (617) 242-9600 x 209 or
John Canniff at (617) 242-9600 x 207 with any questions.