Florida Court: Work Comp Does Not Cover Medical Pot

An injured worker did not convince an appellate court that his workers compensation insurer must pay for a medical marijuana evaluation or reimburse for its use.

The Florida District Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling in which a judge of compensation claims said requiring an insurer to pay for or facilitate an injured worker’s use of marijuana would expose the insurer to criminal liability.

The worker injured his lower back in a work-related accident in 2001 and received pain management for chronic pain syndrome. In 2017, he asked to be referred to a physician who could prescribe him medical marijuana as an oral pain medication alternative. The insurer denied the request.

The judge concluded, and an appellate court upheld, that Florida statutes say marijuana is not reimbursable and prohibit reimbursement for evaluations to obtain a marijuana prescription.

Source: Business Insurance