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Marijuana at work. Individuals who work in safety-sensitive jobs should avoid using marijuana while working since they can put themselves and others at risk. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Marijuana use recreationally and medicinally is on the rise, creating a variety of conflicts for employers and insurers when it comes to pre- and post-employment drug testing for workers and coverage for workers’ compensation claims. A physician cannot prescribe marijuana for a patient, and its medical efficacy is still unknown for many illnesses. In addition, product strength and its effects on the body vary depending on the method of ingestion and product strength. It has also not be recognized by the FDA as a prescribed medication.

Patricia L. Harman

Patricia L. Harman is the editor-in-chief of Claims magazine, a contributing editor to PropertyCasualty360.com, 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 pharman@alm.com

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