Marijuana,Joint,In,The,Hand,,Drugs,Concept We see this issue come up time and again when an injured worker, in a workers’ compensation case, seeks reimbursement for the cost of the drug and the carrier denies it, arguing Schedule 1. The obvious concern of carriers and employers is, will they be prosecuted by the federal government for paying for the cost of a Schedule 1 drug. (Credit: Tunatura/Shutterstock)

The movement to legalize marijuana dates back to 1970 when Congress passed the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), 21 USC 812, classifying marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug along with LSD, heroin and ecstasy. The Schedule 1 classification means these drugs have no accepted medical use, not even under medical supervision, and have a high potential for abuse.

Despite this, in 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215, legalizing marijuana for medical use. Over the next 13 years, the medical marijuana industry grew in California, permitting those operating in compliance with the law to do so without fear of being criminally prosecuted by the State.

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