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Confusion over law can affect workers' compensation cases

Georgia has legalized the use of CBD oil, a medication derived from the cannabis plant, to treat a variety of maladies. Unfortunately, confusion remains regarding the exact wording of the laws. The matter has now become a hot-button issue because it is directly affecting workers' compensation cases. 

When a Georgia employee is injured on the job, he or she may be given a drug test to make sure substance abuse did not play a role in causing the accident. Though Georgia has approved CBD oil and other forms of medical marijuana, employers across the state are still firing employees who test positive for these substances, citing their Drug Free Workplace policies. An employee who has a positive drug test may be unable to file a workers' compensation claim. 

Patients and law makers are crying out for formal clarification to protect hard-working people who use CBD within the confines of the law. Officially, the matter should be addressed sometime next year. In the meantime, employees are fearful that their legally prescribed medication could cost them their job and, if injured at work, the compensation he or she is entitled to. 

Employees wanting to file a workers' compensation claim may be fearful that the legal confusion could affect their cases. It may be helpful to bring an experienced attorney on board. An attorney is likely up to date on the latest laws and can help a client who has been injured on the job claim any benefits to which he or she is entitled. 

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