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Man Mauled While Feeding Bears After Smoking Pot Eligible For Work Comp

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a Workers' Compensation Court ruling that a man who was mauled while feeding the bears at a tourist attraction is eligible for workers' compensation coverage.

Brock Hopkins filed a claim with the Uninsured Employers' Fund, which denied it because Hopkins had smoked marijuana before entering a bear enclosure at Great Bear Adventures near West Glacier on Nov. 2, 2007.

Park owner Russell Kilpatrick argued that Hopkins was a volunteer and fed the bears after Kilpatrick told him not to.

The Workers' Compensation Court found Hopkins was an employee and said there was no evidence that impairment from smoking marijuana led to the mauling.

The Daily Inter Lake reports the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hopkins on Tuesday.

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Source: washingtonpost.com
Author: Associated Press
Copyright: 2011 The Washington Post
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