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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: February 23, 2023 01:18 PM
From: Representative David M. Delloso
To: All House members
Subject: Workers’ Compensation Coverage of Prescribed Medical Cannabis (Formerly HB2038)
 
Injured workers in chronic pain need a workable option for pain management other than opioids. We have seen the damage these drugs can do throughout the ongoing opioid crisis. Prescribing medical cannabis to treat chronic pain protects injured workers from the hazards associated with these dangerous and harmful medications. 

My legislation would require employers to reimburse prescribed medical cannabis for qualifying workers receiving workers’ compensation benefits. Such usage must be certified under the Medical Marijuana Act and has been approved by the Department of Health for use in treating chronic pain under the Commonwealth’s medical cannabis program. 

Permitting medical cannabis to be used in the treatment of chronic pain management for injured workers not only helps the worker, but provides relief to their family. Families can take comfort in knowing their loved one’s pain is controlled without fear of addiction and the rapidly rising medical bills associated with opioids. 

Injured workers deserve the most efficient, safe and affordable treatments available. I urge you to join me in supporting these workers by co-sponsoring this legislation. 

(Previous co-sponsors: HILL-EVANS, N. NELSON, McNEILL, SCHLOSSBERG, KINSEY, FREEMAN, SANCHEZ, RABB, D. WILLIAMS and HOHENSTEIN)



Introduced as HB1079