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Missouri lawmakers will consider a bill that would add marijuana to existing law that reduces or eliminates workers compensation eligibility for injured workers who are found to be under the influence of alcohol or nonprescribed controlled drugs.
S.B. 935, pre-filed on Dec. 1 in preparation for the 2024 legislative season, would amend current law that states workers compensation awards and death benefits of an injured employee shall be reduced by 50% if the employee failed to obey any employer rule related to the use of substances and the injury was sustained while under the influence of such substances.
The law also states that if the substances are found to be the “proximate cause of the death or injury” all benefits and awards are forfeited.