Medical marijuana. The increased legalization of medical and recreational marijuana is changing the insurance landscape. (Photo: Shutterstock)

On a recent business trip, my Uber driver asked what I did. It turned out that she worked for a large insurer’s SIU division, so I shared that I was working on a story about legalized marijuana’s impact on the insurance industry. She, in turn, shared that she smoked it at night to help her sleep and had actually used it the previous evening. Imagine my reaction upon learning this information!

While I didn’t feel unsafe, I was unnerved and watched her driving very carefully for the remainder of the trip. Fortunately, there were no issues. I reached out to Uber to ask them what they’re doing to protect their passengers from drivers who may be driving under the influence. They didn’t respond.

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Patricia L. Harman

Patricia L. Harman is the editor-in-chief of Claims magazine, a contributing editor to, and chairs the annual America's Claims Event (ACE), which focuses on providing claims professionals with cutting-edge education and networking opportunities. She covers auto, property & casualty, workers' compensation, fraud, risk and cybersecurity, and is a frequent speaker at insurance industry events. Contact her at [email protected]

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