As reported by Natural Blaze, Egg Harbor resident Andrew Watson signed up for the state's medical cannabis program in 2014, then attempted to get reimbursed for buying medical marijuana over a three-month period.
Watson, who was suffering from neuropathic pain in his left hand after being injured on the job, had a medical condition that qualified him under New Jersey law for medical marijuana. That said, his initial workman's compensation was turned down.
In court, a psychiatrist and neurologist testified on behalf of Watson, telling the judge that by using medical marijuana, Watson would be able to decrease his use of prescription opioids, which would in turn lower any potential dangerous side effects and risk of becoming addicted, which has been deemed a nationwide epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (RELATED: Prescription opioid deaths surpass gun-related deaths… Big Pharma literally killing more people than GUNS.)