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By Jen Lynds, Bangor Daily News
June 14, 2018 6:10 pm

Updated: June 14, 2018 6:12 pm

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine employers and insurers cannot be compelled to pay for an injured worker’s medical marijuana, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday.

In a 5-2 decision, justices with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled federal law takes precedence in the case of former Madawaska millworker Gaetan H. Bourgoin vs. Twin Rivers Paper Co.

Writing for the majority, Justice Jeffrey Hjelm said the federal Controlled Substances Act tops the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana law.

Bourgoin, who hurt his back on the job in 1989 and suffers from severe chronic pain, contends that marijuana is cheaper and safer than narcotics.

Under the state’s medical marijuana law, Bourgoin has used the drug to alleviate his pain since 2012.

[High court considers whether workers’ comp should cover former millworker’s medical pot]

The disabled former millworker tried a variety of opioid-based painkillers over the years without relief, according to court documents. The cost of medical marijuana runs

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