Shop must pay for medical marijuana

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An auto repair shop has been ordered to pay for medical marijuana for one of its employees.

The worker was injured on the job and is using medical marijuana for chronic back pain.

The automotive repair shop argued it would violate federal law if it had to pay for the medical marijuana as part of workers comp.

On Monday, a New Mexico appeals court rejected that argument saying it was “reasonable and necessary medical care” from a health care provider.

New Mexico started its medical marijuana law in 2007, but recreational pot is still illegal under federal law. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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