Marijuana plus grizzly bears equals ‘mind-bogglingly stupid’

Smoke dope. Feed grizzlies. Get mauled. Collect worker’s comp.

That’s pretty much the Twitter version of a Montana Supreme Court decision, as reported by the Associated Press:

The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a Workers’ Compensation Court ruling that about $65,000 in medical bills incurred by a man who was mauled while feeding the bears at a tourist attraction should be covered by workers’ compensation, despite the fact the man had smoked marijuana on the day of the attack. …

The Workers’ Compensation Court ruled last June that [Brock] Hopkins was an employee and noted that while his “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,” there was no evidence presented regarding Hopkins’ level of impairment.

The WCC found that grizzlies are “equal opportunity maulers” without regard to marijuana consumption.

Hopkins worked at Great Bear Adventures near Glacier National Park. The bear mauled his legs and rear end.

Gwen Florio


2 thoughts on “Marijuana plus grizzly bears equals ‘mind-bogglingly stupid’”

  1. The only ones that need suing are Doug Honnold and Earth Justice for continuing to thwart efforts to manage the Grizzly properly!

  2. The radical right will pounce on this, Ms. Florio, and feed like vultures for weeks. May we have as a follow up piece, please, the cost of the war and Geo. W.’s attempt to make traumatic stress disorder a pre-existing condition? No. That’s national. Don’t go there. Let’s link marijuana and workman’s compensation. Wasn’t Ted Kennedy in a car wreck once? Let’s haul that one up out of the waters, shall we?

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