When Andrew Panaggio was prescribed what the state calls "therapeutic
cannabis" for a work-related spine injury, he was relieved to find
that it improved his daily functioning and allowed him to avoid the dangers
of opioids. But the workers' compensation insurance company responsible
for providing his care refused to pay for it. Andrew reached out to Shaheen
and Gordon attorney Jared O’Connor to make the insurance company
follow the law and pay for this life altering medication.
The use of medical marijuana to safely and effectively treat chronic pain
has been legal in New Hampshire since 2013. In June of 2018, Attorney
O’Conor brought this case to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, where
he argued that the insurance carrier's purported concerns about conflicts
with federal law were baseless, and that the insurer should be ordered
to comply with New Hampshire's Workers' Compensation law. A decision
from the court - among the first in the nation to ever directly address
the issue - may be expected in three months or more.
The Union Leader profiled the case here (http://www.unionleader.com/article/20180710/NEWS21/180719980?utm_source=getresponse&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nhbr&utm_content=NH+Business+Review+News+Browser) and audio of the oral argument itself is available here (http://www.courts.nh.gov/pastsessions/June18/20170469a.mp3).