Man smoking cannabis. Workers’ compensation is a complex issue for any business and there are specific exposures around cannabis, even in states where it is legal. (Photo: Pau Novell Aran/Shutterstock)

As cannabis continues to be legalized on the state level across much of the U.S., ALM has launched the fifth course in its Cannabis Insurance Coverage Specialist (CICS) designation — Workers Compensation for Cannabis Businesses.

Recreational marijuana is now legal in 21 states and Washington, D.C., following the recent mid-term elections as voters in Maryland and Missouri signaled their support of adult-use cannabis. Medical marijuana is currently legal in 37 states plus Washington, D.C., Guam and Puerto Rico, although limitations vary by jurisdiction.

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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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