facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

Grizzly Bear Gets All Harsh With Stoner

The story of a stoked park employee who fought a grizzly bear and came out of it with worker’s comp.

Image: 

Was this grizzly just after the Cheetos?
Photo via thinkstockphotos

By Dirk Hanson

05/13/11

| Share

Being mauled by a grizzly bear while on the job would seem to make for a pretty straightforward case when it comes to worker’s compensation. But what if you got really high on weed first, and then walked into a big cage full of grizzly bears—while you were carrying a bucket of food? Still think you’d be entitled to worker’s comp, if anything unpleasant were to happen?

You may be stupid, a Worker’s Compensation Court in Montana ruled, but you still get compensation. The outraged employer filed an appeal, and the case of “Hopkins v. Uninsured Employers Fund” went all the way to the Montana Supreme Court. Did Hopkins, an employee of Great Bear Adventures near West Glacier, get mauled by a grizzly bear for no reason, or did he get mauled because he pulled the ultimate stoner move: He toked up before work and wasn’t paying attention? The high court was asked to decide “whether marijuana use was the major contributing cause of Hopkins’ injuries.” According to court records, Hopkins went to feed the bears, which was part of his job. “He entered the bear pen and began to place food out. Once inside, nothing separated him from the bears. At some point while Hopkins was working, the largest bear, Red, attacked him. The bear knocked Hopkins to the ground, sat on him, and bit his leg, knee and rear-end.” 

The Supreme Court finding echoed the Worker’s Compensation Court, agreeing that “Hopkin’s use of marijuana to kick off a day of working around grizzly bears was ill-advised to say the least and mind-boggling stupid to say the most.” Nonetheless, grizzlies are “equal opportunity maulers,” the court found, and held that Hopkins deserved his compensation. Hear, hear. There’s something to be said for a state that preserves your right to worker’s comp even if you smoke a lot of dope and enter a bear cage with your arms full of edibles. Maybe the medical marijuana people in Montana will name a strain after him: Grizzly Red.

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu
 
 
 
 
 

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery
 
 
 
 

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center
 
 
 
 

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 

Reflections
 
 
 
 

This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab
 
 
 
 
 

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv