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Medical Marijuana & Workers Compensation

Fort Collins, CO |

If a person is injured on the job, but legally uses medical marijuana for pain management (not used at work), can that person be denied workers compensation or be fired from employment?

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If the worker was not under the influence at the time of injury, she cannot legally be denied workers' comp' benefits.

If the person is fired because she brought a workers' comp claim, the employer may be penalized under LC 132a. Otherwise a worker may be fired for no reason, or any reason that does not violate a statute, such as for age or sex, or religion.

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