Medical marijuana is legal in Florida…
…but is it covered by workers’ comp?
In 2001, Patrick Shawn Jones was working for Grace Healthcare when he injured his back in a work-related accident. His physician, Dr. Allan Honculada, diagnosed him with chronic pain syndrome and prescribed oral painkillers, which Jones took for more than 15 years.
But in 2017, Jones grew dissatisfied with the side effects of the prescription medications and asked his doctor whether cannabis would be a better alternative.
Dr. Honculada issued a referral to a medical marijuana doctor for an examination. Yet when Jones asked his employer to authorize this referral, his request was denied. A Judge of Compensation Claims (JCC) upheld this decision. Read more