States with medical marijuana see decline in workers’ compensation claims

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"If workers have access to medical marijuana, they could be less likely to file a worker’s compensation claim. That’s the finding from a new research article published in Health Economics, exploring the link between medical marijuana laws and worker’s compensation claims. Researchers found about a 7 percent drop in worker’s comp claims in states that allow medical marijuana, Reuters reports, and claims made were for shorter lengths of time, on average. Worker’s compensation programs cost U.S. employers an estimated $103 billion annually, researchers note. Last year, the Pew Research Center discovered 91 percent of Americans are in favor of at…

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