Jan 312019
 

By Gerald

Both the Senate and House of Representatives in Hawaii are now 
considering identical bills that would require workers compensation 
payers to reimburse patients who are prescribed medical marijuana under 
state law permitting them to use cannabis.,,Nine of the 25 state 
senators are backing S.B. 1523, introduced Thursday, the same day Rep. 
Dee Morikawa, D-Lihue, unveiled H.B. 1524.,,Both measures follow the 
state’s study on issues surrounding medical marijuana, legalized in 
Hawaii in 2000, according to identical text accompanying both bills, 
which would add marijuana to the language in the state’s workers comp 
law pertaining to prescriptions for injured workers.,,Both bills would 
subject payers to a fee schedule and require an injured worker to obtain 
a physician’s certification that he or she is eligible for enrollment in 
the state’s program governing medical marijuana, and that cannabis “may 
be reasonable and necessary medical treatment only where an authorized 
health care provider certifies that the potential benefits of the 
medical use… would likely outweigh the health risks.”,,Included in the 
language in both bills are provisions against paying for drug 
“paraphernalia” and growing and cultivating of one’s own medical 
cannabis, which must come from a licensed producer. Both the Senate and House of Representatives in Hawaii are now considering identical bills 
that would require workers compensation payers to reimburse patients who are prescribed medical marijuana under state law permitting them to use cannabis.,,Nine of the 25 state senators are backing S.B. 1523, 
introduced Thursday, the same day Rep. Dee Morikawa, D-Lihue, unveiled 
H.B. 1524.,,Both measures follow the state’s study on issues surrounding 
medical marijuana, legalized in Hawaii in 2000, according to identical 
text accompanying both bills, which would add marijuana to the language 
in the state’s workers comp law pertaining to prescriptions for injured 
workers.,,Both bills would subject payers to a fee schedule and require 
an injured worker to obtain a physician’s certification that he or she 
is eligible for enrollment in the state’s program governing medical 
marijuana, and that cannabis “may be reasonable and necessary medical 
treatment only where an authorized health care provider certifies that 
the potential benefits of the medical use… would likely outweigh the 
health risks.”,,Included in the language in both bills are provisions 
against paying for drug “paraphernalia” and growing and cultivating of 
one’s own medical cannabis, which must come from a licensed producer.>

Question is why the Alberta Government does not enact legislation 
forcing WCB to pay for medical marijuana. WCB has a duty of care to have 
their doctors support a worker’s doctor if they prescribe medical 
marijuana. Questionably if a worker commits suicide because they are 
forced by WCB to continue using opioids that are paid for by WCB rather 
than to pay for a proven and scientifically supported pain killer would 
the family of the deceased worker be able to sue WCB.

Questionably is why some worker’s medical marijuana is paid for by WCB 
and other worker’s medical marijuana is not paid for which can be 
verified by going to Canlii and reading Appeals Commission decisions. 
Treating disabled workers differently is a human rights violation as you 
cannot pay for medical marijuana for one or more workers worker and not 
then pay for medical marijuana for others. That is discrimination.