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New Mexico Marijuana – Five Joints Per Day Covered By Work Comp


New Mexico Marijuana

Recent New Mexico marijuana laws  have enabled injured workers in the state to consume five joints per day – at a maximum.

Picture Of New Mexico Marijuana Plant
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The state of New Mexico has always been very active in their allowance of medical marijuana for workers compensation injuries.

The most recent New Mexico marijuana laws enacted allow for consumption of  up to two pounds per year – and that is to be reimbursed by insurance carriers and self-insured employers.

Two pounds of marijuana equates to five joints per day.  The math  used for conversion from 2 pounds to grams- according to Google- is 907.185 grams.    According to the Denver Post’s 64 questions on marijuana, a PhD, yes, someone with a Doctorate degree figured out that an average joint is  1/2 gram.

So, 907.185 / .5 = 1814 joints per year.   The daily total = 1814/365 = approximately five joints per day.   The cost would be $10,904.54 per year – according to a fellow blogger.

For the average day of 16 hours – that would be a joint every three hours for just one person – and yes, paid by Workers Compensation and indirectly New Mexico employers (directly for self insureds).

As this wades into a political opinion to be drawn, I will not comment on whether I agree or disagree with the new rule that allows this much marijuana to be consumed by an injured worker.  One has to draw their own conclusion.  Feel free to comment on this issue.

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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

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