Labor & Employment

Montana High Court OKs Workers Comp for Pot-Smoking Park Worker Mauled While Feeding Bears


A man who was mauled while feeding the bears for his employer may collect workers compensation even though he smoked pot beforehand, according to the Montana Supreme Court.

The court ruled on behalf of Brock Hopkins, finding that he was an employee of Great Bear Adventures and his pot use was not a major cause of his injuries, report the Daily Inter Lake and the Associated Press.

The decision (PDF) affirmed a ruling by the Workers’ Compensation Court, which approved the payout even though Brock’s “use of marijuana to kick off a day of working around grizzly bears was ill-advised to say the least and mind-bogglingly stupid to say the most.”

The compensation court had found that grizzlies are “equal opportunity maulers” without regard to pot consumption.

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