Judge Ingrid L. French, a state administrative law judge from New Jersey, has ruled that an Egg Harbor man’s insurance company must cover the costs of medical marijuana.
“The evidence presented in these proceedings show that the petitioner’s ‘trial’ use of medicinal marijuana has been successful. While the court is sensitive to the controversy surrounding the medicinal use of marijuana, whether or not it should be prescribed for a patient in a state where it is legal to prescribe it is a medical decision that is within boundaries of the laws in the state.”
This court ruling will extend a legal precedent for other cases to pursue forth in their goals. Watson’s attorney, Philip Faccenda, views the judge’s ruling as a “less expensive treatment modality” for patients seeking any assistance from the New Jersey’s Workers Compensation industry. A ruling of this nature implies that insurance support the choice of medical marijuana over the use of addictive opioids in the alleviation of pain. This is a huge win situation for both sides. This is a new beginning for the medical marijuana era.
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