Podcasts & RSS Feeds
Most Active Stories
- An MSU physicist believes he has solved the "black hole information paradox"
- What you can do to help Michigan's bats
- This is doing more damage to Detroit than a hundred drug murders could have
- Biologists expect the worst for Michigan's bat population
- Join the Great Michigan Read story-writing contest
Tue September 27, 2011
No-fault insurance coverage could not cover medical marijuna under Michigan bill
People injured in auto crashes would not be allowed to use their no-fault coverage to pay for medical marijuana to treat chronic pain under a bill approved by a legislative committee.
The measure is one of several proposed new restrictions to Michigan’s medical marijuana law.
The law was enacted by voters in 2008.
Peter Kuhnmuench is with the Insurance Institute of Michigan, which supports the measure. He says insurance coverage was not supposed to be part of the medical marijuana law.
"So I think it’s pretty clear, yes, they want to utilize this is as a medical procedure, but at the same hand, not force any carrier to cover it as a covered service."
Kuhnmuench says the bill would not prohibit someone from buying additional coverage that might pay for medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana patients say the law should not specifically ban one treatment for people facing chronic pain from an injury.