An appeals court in New Jersey has ruled that an employer must reimburse a former employee for the cost of medical cannabis in a move that could have far-reaching effects for the industry.

In a ruling released Jan. 13, Superior Court Judge Heidi Willis Currier sided with Vincent Hagar, who was injured on the job in 2001 when a truck dumped concrete on him and left him unable to work.

Hagar was prescribed opioid painkillers as part of his recovery, which resulted in struggles with addiction, but Hagar was able to wean himself off the painkillers through the use of medical cannabis.

Steve Schain, senior attorney at Hoban Law Group, views the New Jersey ruling as a monumental moment for the medical cannabis industry and its patients for other reasons, too; namely, that it may encourage private insurance companies—and perhaps even government insurance—to also cover medical cannabis.