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Medical marijuana bill passes Pennsylvania House

When an employee is injured on the job, the treatment for his or her injuries is usually very specific. A cut might require stitches; a broken bone may require surgery to set it. However, when workplace illnesses arise, there is often less known about these conditions. In many cases, the treatments that really do work might be new or experimental. One may wonder if the medical marijuana bill that just passed the Pennsylvania House would have an effect on various workplace illnesses.

The vote wasn't close -- 149 to 43 -- and the original bill passed the senate with a vote of 40-7 last year. The amended version of the bill is now headed back to the senate. The bill will allow patients who have specific, qualifying conditions to access medical cannabis as long as their physician recommends it. There are many qualifying conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, autism and intractable pain when other therapies are not working or shouldn't be tried.

Once the bill gets its final approval from the senate, it will head to the governor's desk. Governor Wolf is a supporter of medical marijuana, so there is little doubt of him not signing it into law.

Many workplace illness symptoms, such as those with cancer, can be remedied with medical marijuana. While smoking cannabis will not be allowed, those with their physicians' approvals can use it in forms such as pills, creams, liquids, oils, gels and tinctures. There are no edibles allowed; however, an approved form of it could be added to food to make it easier to ingest.

If you suffer from a condition that is on the list of accepted medical conditions for medical marijuana use and workers' compensation is denying you benefits that include it as a treatment, a workers' compensation attorney may be able to help.

Source:, "Pennsylvania House Approves Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill," March 17, 2016

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