Employers don’t have to pay for medical marijuana, Maine’s top court rules

By | June 14, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine employers and insurers cannot be compelled to pay for an injured worker’s medical marijuana, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday.

In a 5-2 decision, justices with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled federal law takes precedence in the case of former Madawaska millworker Gaetan H. Bourgoin vs. Twin Rivers Paper Co.

Writing for the majority, Justice Jeffrey Hjelm said the federal Controlled Substances Act tops the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana law.

Bourgoin, who hurt his back on the job in 1989 and suffers from severe chronic pain, contends that marijuana is cheaper and safer than narcotics.

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Source: Bangor Daily News