Missouri Lawmakers Seek to Preserve Marijuana Restrictions in Workers’ Compensation

Marijuana Workers’ Compensation: Navigating the Hazy World of Workplace Weed

Hey there, fellow cannabis enthusiasts! Today, we’re diving into the intriguing intersection of marijuana and workers’ compensation. You might think that with the growing acceptance of cannabis, the rules would be relaxing, right? Well, not exactly. I’m your friendly neighborhood cannabis expert, and I’m here to break it all down for you. So, grab your favorite strain, kick back, and let’s chat about Marijuana Workers’ Compensation.

The Green Dilemma

So, picture this: You’re working your usual nine-to-five gig when, suddenly, the ceiling collapses on you. Ouch! Naturally, you file for workers’ compensation because, well, you’ve got bills to pay. But here’s the twist – your employer insists that you take a drug test for marijuana. Seems a bit unfair, right?

Well, in Missouri, this is the reality for many employees. Even if they haven’t smoked a in days, a positive drug test can result in a whopping 50 percent reduction in their compensation and death benefits. Ouch again! And guess what? This rule hasn’t budged, even after became legal in the Show-Me State. Why, you ask? Well, because marijuana is still considered a controlled at the federal level. Bummer.

But here’s where it gets interesting – if the federal government ever decides to wave the green flag for marijuana, it could mean that people could legally smoke pot on the in Missouri. Who would’ve thought, right? This hypothetical scenario raises some intriguing questions about intoxication at work.

The Lawmakers Enter the Scene

Enter Republican Reps. John Voss and Sherri Gallick, who are on a mission to enshrine this policy into state statute. They want to make sure that if federal law does change, this rule remains in place. Their motivation? Well, it’s all about addressing on-the-job intoxication. They argue that it’s crucial to maintain a safe and sober work environment, especially when it comes to industries like the cannabis business.

Both Voss and Gallick are proposing bills that would add marijuana to Missouri’s workers’ compensation law, which currently outlines a drug-free workplace policy. According to this law, employees stand to lose half of their compensation if their injury is connected to the use of or non-prescribed controlled . Now, here’s the kicker – marijuana is no longer considered a “non-prescribed controlled drug” under the state constitution. Still, it remains a federally controlled substance.

The Battle in the House

But as with any legislative , there’s pushback. During a meeting of the House Insurance Policy Committee, both Republicans and Democrats raised concerns. Rep. Richard West, a Republican with 20 years of police officer experience, expressed his reservations about the lack of scientific clarity regarding marijuana impairment. He gave an example of someone taking a marijuana-infused gummy on a Saturday night to help them sleep, then showing up sober for work on Monday. According to the proposed bills, this person could still see their benefits cut in half.

Ray McCarty, representing the Associated Industries of Missouri, argued that this policy mirrors the current treatment of alcohol. Even if employees test below the intoxication level of 0.08 percent for alcohol, their benefits can still be reduced.

Rep. Jeff Coleman, another Republican, expressed his surprise at the fact that workers’ benefits could be reduced even if they were not at fault in an accident. It was a revelation for him, and he questioned whether such a reduction was justified in cases where the employee was not at fault.

Weeding Out the Issues

As we dive deeper into this topic, it’s clear that there are some valid concerns and debates surrounding marijuana use and workplace safety. The key question remains: Can we accurately determine impairment when it comes to cannabis? Unlike alcohol, which has a relatively clear threshold for impairment (0.08 percent), marijuana lingers in the body for a longer period, making it challenging to gauge someone’s level of impairment accurately.

Legislators are pondering whether they should set a specific threshold for marijuana impairment. Without a clear threshold, the question arises – should individuals be prohibited from enjoying a legal substance during their off-hours?

A Glimpse into the Future

Looking ahead, there’s hope that more efficient methods for marijuana impairment will become available. Some experts are already investing in advanced that can detect active THC in a person’s system, rather than just metabolites. This technology is on the horizon, and it’s expected to become more accessible and cost-effective in the near future.

In Conclusion

So, there you have it, my fellow cannabis aficionados – the tangled web of Marijuana Workers’ Compensation. It’s a topic that blurs the lines between personal freedom and workplace safety. As we navigate this hazy landscape, it’s essential to find a balance that ensures employees’ rights while keeping workplaces secure. Remember, the world of cannabis is ever-evolving, and so are the laws surrounding it.

And before we wrap this up, a big thanks to Rebecca Rivas of the Missouri Independent for shedding light on this complex issue. Stay tuned for more cannabis , and remember, always toke responsibly!

Author’s Note: This article was inspired by the work of Rebecca Rivas from the Missouri Independent. We appreciate her dedication to keeping us informed about the evolving world of cannabis legislation.

Rosemary Puffman
I'm Rosemary, a staunch supporter of cannabis legalization and its potential benefits. My roles as a writer, cannabis entrepreneur, and informed investor allow me to contribute to the evolving narrative around cannabis. Through my writing, I aim to destigmatize and educate, while my business ventures and strategic investments align with my belief in the positive impact of responsible cannabis use.

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